Sunday, 27 October 2013

German Literature Month III Sign-Up

Caroline and Lizzy welcome you to German Literature Month!

The tweets of others as early as January of this year looking forward to it convinced us it just had to happen. And so here we are, though with a challenge.

GLM I and II were resounding successes and we want GLM III to follow suit. One thing has concerned us though. Why were the lady writers so grossly under-represented? Only 22% of the authors read in GLM I, reducing to 19% in GLM II, were female. We want to redress that balance. Now we're not going all Orange prize on you. We don't want to exclude the great male authors in German(-language) literature. But we are structuring the month so that there are times to focus in on the ladies.

We would, therefore, like the structure of German Literature Month III to look like this.
Week 1: 1-7.11 Ladies Week
Week 2: 8-14.11 Gents Week
Week 3: 15-21.11 Ladies Week
Week 4: 22-28.11 Gents Week
Weekend 29-30.11 Read as you please

Read anything you want: any format, any genre. As long as the works were originally written in German and are reviewed during November, they count for GLM III. The ideal female:male author ratio at the end of the month would be 50:50.

We will also have two readalongs:
7.11 Lizzy will read her first (!) e-book and open a discussion on Anna Kim's Anatomy of the Night.
29.11 Caroline will lead a War and Literature discussion of Hans Keilson's Death of the Adversary.

So are you going to join us?  If so, please sign up on the Linky below.  This will be used to populate a blog roll and ensure that Caroline and I never miss one of your posts.  Separate linkys (sp?) will be made available for you to highlight your wonderful reviews and other posts.


  1. I'm very, very excited to be participating this year! I'm joining Lizzy and company for a read of Anatomy of a Night, and by a review of Brenner and God by Wolf Haas, and after that, I'm just hoping my books will appear on my doorstep from abroad! Best wishes to all!
    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

  2. We're very, very happy to have you on board too!

  3. I'm going to join you, Caroline, in reading Mrs. Sartoris. Looking forward to getting a better grasp on German literature as I have spent much time on Japanese. Thanks for hosting, you two!

  4. Did not think I would have time for German Lit this month just happened to be reading a couple of things from Stefan Zweig with some Bertold Brecht and Peter Handke on deck, so it looks like I'm in!

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