2017


US Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz opened the festival and presented the two works "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" and "This Is How You Lose Her". Moderation: Blas Ulibarri, German voice: Thomas Sarbacher. (Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

Especially for the festival, Nobel Prize winner for literature John Coetzee presented the previously unpublished text "The Glass Abattoir" about the relationship between man and animal - a hybrid of literary narrative and philosophical essay. German voice: Miriam Japp. (Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

German author Nora Bossong created with her literary report "red light" a new standard work on sex and prostitution. Moderation: Guido Kalberer.
Followed by a lusty selection of French sex movies from the silent film era (not G-rated), with live scoring by Steve Buchanan & Dadaglobal,
introduced by Pablo Assandri (Institute of Incoherent Cinematography).
(Photos: © Zurich Literature Festival)

The New Zealand bestselling author Anthony McCarten read from his new novel "Brillance". German voice: Jonas Rüegg.

Followed by a concert (in the context of the series "Poetry of Pop")

by Swiss singer-songwriter Anna Aaron. (Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

The acclaimed German writer Judith Hermann read from her most recent stories "Lettipark". Moderation: Monika Schärer. 

Followed by the performance of the German singer, songwriter and "Die Sterne" frontman Frank Spilker (in the context of the "Poetry of Pop" series).

(Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

The Kenyan writer Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor read from her debut novel "Dust".

Moderation: Jennifer Khakshouri, German voice: Ariela Sarbacher.

Followed by a concert by the South African singer and songwriter Jozia,
who presented her debut album "Mamokebe" (as part of the "Poetry of Pop" series).
(Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

Words on Stage - the brilliant final evening with spoken word performances by Amina Abdulkadir, Ariane von Graffenried, Jurczok 1001 and a concert by Jochen Distelmeyer (Blumfeld) in the Kaufleuten Klubsaal. (Photos: Jordi Kemperman)