Last year we visited Crossing Border and had a great time, so you can bet we’re going again this year! We’ve made you a list of things you definitely can’t miss when it comes to the literary program, so we expect to see you all there.CB


If you see anything literary on Friday, make it Matt Haig. He’s somewhat special to the founders of the book club as we got the idea for setting it all up after an evening at The Book Club in London where Matt was reading from his novel The Humans. He’s a great reader and a very funny author. He’ll be interviewed together with Erik Jan Harmens by Jasper Henderson.

Another Duo-interview you should check out is with Diane Cook and Arthur Bradford. You’ll know  Diane Cook from This American Life and the many stories she’s published, while you know Arthur Bradford from movies, TV and stories and children’s books. They’ll be interviewed by Toni Zwart.

You didn’t think we were going to forget Karen Köhler now would you? We interviewed her here and she’ll be part of The Hamburg Connection together with  Nino Haratishwili, Karen Köhler en Sasa Stanisic

Atticus Lish’s latest novel Preparations for the Next Life won the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction this year and was named a must read by many critics. Atticus is the son of Richard Lish, editor for literary greats like Raymond Carver and Don DeLilo, so he definitely got writing running through his blood. Lish will be interviewed by Henk van Straten.

One of the specials on Friday is the Graphic Novel program with 4 special artists talking about X-files, Jewish soldiers and fatherhood. It sounds very eclectic, so if you have any interest in graphic novels you will be sure to find something you like!


Unfortunately his book didn’t get picked for our next book club, but that just means you have all the more reason to seek out Jesse Ball. His books are tragic and absurd and compared to the works of great authors like Camus and Kafka. Jesse Ball will be interviewed together with Gustaaf Peek by Wim Brands.

Marilynne Robinson did make the cut however. Her book Gilead will be our 25th book club book and we can’t be more excited to see her! She’ll mostly be talking about Lila, her latest novel in the Gilead series, so get to reading! And even though he’s no Obama, Arjan Peters will be the interviewer for the evening.

Olga Grjasnowa wrote one of Charlotte’s favorite books of last year called All Russians Love Birch Trees. Olga will take part in The Chronicles, a special translation project showcasing foreign authors and translators. They will all report on the festival, but on Saturday evening you will find them on stage as well.

If you enjoy Isabel Allende, then don’t miss Almudena Grandes, the grande Dame of Spanish literature. She will come and talk about her most recent book Las tres bodas de Manolita, which is getting a Dutch translation this month. Grandes will be interviewed by Rosan Hollak.

What are you going to see during this year’s Crossing Border? Let us know in the comments!


Bored to Death book club is set up by two sisters who love to read and have nothing better to do than to start a book club.

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