14th OCTOBER 2020

BOOKFEST-city 2020: Von B nach B

For the “special edition” of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020, Luxembourg is reinforcing its participation beyond the digital with a reading and talk event in the framework of the BOOKFEST-city festival. Mina Esfandiari presents her new book Von B nach B – Begegnungen auf dem Radweg Deutsche Einheit (capybarabooks); a talk with Guy Helminger.

Event organised by Reading Luxembourg and capybarabooks.

Reading & Talk

Mina Esfandiari, photographer and author, spent 30 days on the German Unity Cycle Route and travelled over 1,200 kilometres from Bonn to Berlin. Her richly illustrated travelogue about this journey from West to East is an open invitation to discover the deeply symbolic route through well-known and lesser-known German-German cities and landscapes, as well as to get acquainted with the people encountered along the way.

In a talk with the writer and presenter Guy Helminger, Mina Esfandiari tells of the hospitality with which she was received when couchsurfing or camping, in the East as in the West, and of animated discussions on the question which prodded her at the outset of her adventure tour: given 30 years of German Unity, have we become one people?

Wiesenhüttenplatz 28-38, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

Wednesday 14th October 2020, 7.30 p.m. (45 min.)

Free entrance.
Registration is mandatory.

Book your ticket HERE.

Mina Esfandiari © Mina Esfandiari

Mina Esfandiari (*1985 near Hambourg) is a photographer, graphic designer and author. Her biographically inspired work miyaneh – dazwischen. (miyaneh – in between.) about the life of young women in Iran was awarded the ‘Karl-Buchrucker-Preis’ (Karl-Buchrucker-Award) of the Inner Mission Munich in 2012. In the wake, she pursued her interest with Iran, as with the illustration of Stephan Orth’s bestseller Couchsurfing im Iran (Couchsurfing in Iran). In 2017, National Geographic published her illustrated volume Iran – Tausend und ein Widerspruch (Iran – A Thousand and One Contradictions), which won the ‘ITB Buch Award’ (ITB Book Award). For her current photographic travelogue, Mina let herself be inspired by the history of the formerly divided Berlin, her city of residence from 2016 to 2020 – Von B nach B – Begegnungen auf dem Radweg Deutsche Einheit (From B to B – Encounters on the German Unity Cycle Route), – in which she explores the “German soul”.

Guy Helminger, was born in 1963 in Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg) and has lived in Cologne since 1985. A writer of poetry, novels, radio plays and stage productions, he also presented the programmes “Kultur” (Culture) (2010-2012) and “DNA” (DNA) (2012-2017) on Luxembourg television. Together with Navid Kermani, he has been welcoming authors to the “Literarischen Salon” (Literary Salon) in Cologne since 2006. Guy was last awarded the ‘Dresdner Lyrikpreis’ (Dresden Poetry Prize) in 2016. His latest publications include: Die Lehmbauten des Lichts. Aufzeichnungen und Fotos aus dem Jemen (Clay Buildings of Light. Notes and Photos from Yemen) (2019), Jockey. Komödie (Jockey. Comedy) (2019), Die Tagebücher der Tannen. Gedichte (The diaries of the fir trees. Poems)(2018), Die Allee der Zähne. Aufzeichnungen und Fotos aus Iran (The Alley of Teeth. Notes and Photos from Iran) (2018). His novel Die Lombardi-Affäre (The Lombardi Affair) is due for release in November 2020.

Guy Helminger © capybarabooks


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