Announcing German Literature Month VIII – November 2018

German Literature Month is eight years old this year, and part of the literary calendar. Lizzy and I know that because of the chatter that continues throughout the year about books purchased and set aside for the event. And that makes us very happy.  We’re even happier when you read them during November.

For those though who are wondering what this is all about, and may wish to join us for the first time, November is the month for reading works originally written in German: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, essays, comics, graphic novels.  Anything you fancy really, in any language you fancy, as long as the original language was German. Then tell the world about it: on your blog, facebook, twitter, instagram, goodreads, amazon, wherever. It all adds up to one great banquet of Austrian, German and Swiss literary goodness. This, for example, was last year’s menu.

The last couple of years have been entirely read as you please, but this year Lizzy and I wanted to introduce new themes and add in more social reading opportunities. So we’ve devised the following plan.

Week 1: Children and Young Adult Fiction (November 1-7)

November 7 – Readalong with Lizzy: The Book Jumper – Mechthild Glaser

Week 2: Crime Week (November 8-14)

November 14 – Readalong with Caroline: Blue Night – Simone Buchholz

Week 3: 1918 Week (November 15-21)

November 21 – Readalong with Lizzy: The Emperor’s Tomb – Joseph Roth

Week 4: Swiss Literature Week (November 22-28)

November 28 – Readalong with Caroline: A Long Blue Monday – Erhard von Büren

Week 5: Read as you please (November 29-30)

As always, you may read as you please for the month, or you may choose to join in any (or all) of the specific themes and readalongs.  It’s entirely up to you.  The main thing is to enjoy yourself!  Will you join us?

33 thoughts on “Announcing German Literature Month VIII – November 2018

  1. Lovely plans, Caroline. I hope to be able to read something that tie in with GLM, but I’ll just have to see how it goes nearer the time. Thanks for organising this again – it’s always nice to see so many posts flying around the web.

  2. It had been a few years since I last jointed you. I will try to sneak in an entry, probably during read as you please week. Either way, I look forward to reading everyone’s contributions.

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  4. This always takes me by surprise somehow, but I will have a look through my shelves and see what I can find. Looking forward to hearing about everyone’s reading along the way!

  5. Count me in.
    I have The Emperor’s Tomb on the shelf, it’ll be the opportunity to read it.
    And I have Le tabac Tresniek.

    Thanks for organizing this event again.

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  8. Hi Caroline, It’s been a while, but I’d love to participate this year. I just tried to buy The Emperor’s Tomb, but got an error message saying it’s not available for Kindle. If I can track down an ebook copy somewhere else, I’ll join in with the readalong (I’m in Bulgaria right now, so it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to find a print copy). Otherwise, I’ll plan to read as I please 🙂

  9. Yes! Whoohoo! My favourite reading event of the year is back! Can’t wait for November to arrive. I think I will be able to get the Mechtild Glaser and Erhard Van Büren books. So hoping to join those two readalongs. Will keep trying for the other two books. Hoping to make my GLM reading list soon. So excited! Thanks so much for hosting GLM with Lizzy and making us all happy, Caroline!

    • You are very welcome and I’m so happy you will join again. I’m enjoying both Gläser and von Büren. I will obviously also read the crime novel I chose and hopefully Roth’s novel too. It will be a lot of readalongs for me. 🙂

  10. Hi Caroline, I’ll be there (isn’t that a song), as usual more books than time, I’ll join in the week 2 read along with the Simone Buchholz. I’ll see you all there

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