Adventslesung

Reading Christmas short stories, drinking Glühwein (hot vine) and having good company – is there any better combination? All of this and more was to be had last night at an “Adventslesung” (loosely translated a “Christmas book reading”) in Dresden. Three young authors from Dresden – Frank Goldammer, Willi Hetze and Francis Mohr – were reading from their own short stories most of which had a Christmas theme or were at least set in Winter.

Most of the stories were really tongue in cheek albeit gave you something to chew on and think about as well. So it wasn’t necessarily light literature, and I thought that really fitted Christmas which is or at least should be a time of reflection and contemplation as well.

All three authors publish their books at “Dresdner Buchverlag“.

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The Interview

Accompanying the rise of a star is kind of fun – you get dragged to premiers and interviews – all that glamorous stuff us normals usually get spared. And so it happened last week that young author Willi Hetze whom I had already reported about gave a TV interview to a local Dresden TV station about his new and upcoming short-story book “Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege”, Taschenbuch, 190 Seiten, Verlag zwiebook, Deutsch, € 12,90

The backdrop of the interview was sort of fun too: a small fast-food kiosk/pub “Curry & Co.”. And no, that is no Indian place… they serve “Currywurst” (a sausage with hot, spicy sauce) in all kinds of flavours.

But ’nuff said, enjoy the pictures :).

Book Premiere: “Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege”

Me being a cat owner I know that cats are incomprehensible. Last night young writer Willi Hetze took this fact to a completely new level when he presented his debut book “Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege” (The Incomprehensible of Cats’ Paths) – a collection of short stories. The main story is a surreal, socially twisted plot about a young man who just arrives at a big city from his home village to go to college. Unnerved and confused as he is – he gets advice from an ever changing cat how to navigate through the so unfamiliar metropolis.

“Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege”, Taschenbuch, 190 Seiten, Verlag zwiebook, Deutsch, € 12,90

Here are some of the photos I took at last night’s book reading at the Literaturhaus Villa Augustin (Erich-Kästner Museum) in Dresden. And here you can find a first review of Hetze’s book (in German).

Leipziger Buchmesse / Buchtipp: “Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege”

Für die Katzenfreunde und Leseratten unter euch habe ich einen Tipp fürs (verlängerte) Wochenende: Auf der Leipziger Buchmesse, die von heute (12. März) bis zum Sonntag stattfindet, wird auch der neue Erzählband des Dresdner Autors Willi Hetze, “Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege” vorgestellt.

Den Stand seines Verlages “Dresdner Buchverlag” findet ihr in Halle 4, Stand D102.

Und hier geht’s zum Buch bei Amazon:

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