Thursday, November 28, 2019

Literaturhaus Wien Zieglergasse 26A, 1070 Vienna

4:30 pm

Young Student Literary Competition

Award ceremony

For the third time, the Literaturhaus Vienna is also hosting a literary competition as part of the festival. The competition is open to students between the ages of fourteen and twenty who live in Austria. An expert jury—this year’s members are  Robert Huez, director of the Literaturhaus Vienna, Gustav Ernst, author and editor of the literary journal kolik, and  Zita Bereuter, director of the literature program at the Austrian public radio station FM4 and the organizer of the short story competition Wortlaut—will choose the three winning texts.

Jury statement and award:  Gustav Ernst
Reading:  Prizewinners


5:30 pm

A box of devotional images


© Thomas Langdon

The Austrian author Teresa Präauer, recipient of the 2017 Erich Fried Prize, presents her contribution to the exhibition—a text about a vintage Guerlain perfume box containing 68 small devotional images dating from the 1920s to the 1980s.

6:00 pm

John Connolly

© Iván Gimenez Costa

He is our best hope. He is our last hope.

Irish bestseller author John Connolly is opening the focus on mysteries and thrillers. He has had a large and loyal community of fans ever since the 1999 release of Every Dead Thing, the first book in his prizewinning series featuring New York ex-cop and private detective Charlie “Bird” Parker. Connolly is a master of mixing elements of mystery and moments of brutal shock to create a bloody cocktail irresistible to fans of the genre. The most recent additions to the series, numbers 16 and 17, are The Woman in the Woods and A Book of Bones. He is the winner of a number of literary prizes for his work, including the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony awards, and a CWA Dagger. 

Lecture, Discussion & Reading
Introduction: Anne Zauner (festival director)
John Connolly (IRL): Speech – Talk – Reading
Moderation & Talk Robert Pimm (GB): author of
Blood Summit

Lecture & Reading in English with German supertitles / Talk in English

John Connolly, b. 1968 in Dublin, Ireland, where he also lives today. After studying journalism, Connolly worked for the Irish Times before dedicating himself fully to writing spinetingling, often slightly mystical, thrillers. Ever since his debut in 1999 with Every Dead Thing, he has counted among the most successful mystery authors worldwide. Alongside his prizewinning series featuring the New York ex-cop Charlie “Bird” Parker, he has published more than thirty novels, The Book of Lost Things (2006), a fantasy novel, and He (2017) a fictional biography of comedian Stan Laurel. He is also the author of two collections of horror stories, Nocturnes (2004) — originally written for BBC radio — and Night Music (2015).

7:15 pm

Joseph Incardona

© J. B. Besançon

Before they slept side by side, with fear between them.

Joseph Incardona’s story about a father searching for his daughter’s murderer was a great success when it was first published in French. Now it is continuing its victory march in the German translation by Lydia Dimitrow. In his review in the Spiegel, writer Peter Henning called Joseph Incardona a master of the noir novel, saying it is currently “difficult to find an equal” of his newest book.

Reading & Discussion
Joseph Incardona (CH): Derrière les panneaux, il y a des hommes (Asphaltdschungel, German trans.: Lydia Dimitrow, Lenos 2019)
Introduction & Moderation: Sebastian Fasthuber (literary & music critic)

Reading in French with German supertitles / Interpreter: Isolde Schmitt

Joseph Incardona, b. 1969 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The writer and playwright has published numerous novels, short stories, plays, and comics and received numerous awards. In 2014, together with Cyril Bron, he directed the road movie Milky Way about a trip through France to the Belgium coast. In 2015, Incardona was awarded the renowned Grand Prix de littérature policière for his thriller Derrière les panneaux, il y a des hommes (2015). In the meantime, that noir novel has become a classic of the genre. Incardona teaches at the Swiss Literature Institute, Biel and lives in Geneva.

8:30 pm

Jeong Yu-jeong

© Shin Hyoung Duk

I suddenly realized what I was attracted to. I was attracted to someone feeling afraid.

Jeong You-Jeong’s literary breakthrough did not come overnight. After multiple rejections, the South Korean author finally found recognition with her first publication, a YA novel. Success came in 2011, when Jeong’s thriller Chilnyeonui appeared. Her sober insight into the depths of human behavior and her ruthlessly realistic style soon won her an international readership. Her most recent novel, Jong-ui Giwon (The Good Son) is a masterful study of a matricide “that keeps your heart pumping—and then breaks it.” (Entertainment Weekly).

Reading & Discussion
Jeong You-Jeong (KOR): Jong-ui Giwon (Der gute Sohn, trans., Kyong-Hae Flügel, Unionsverlag 2019; The Good Son, trans. Chi-Young Kim, Penguin 2018)
Introduction & Moderation: Sebastian Fasthuber (literary & music critic)

Reading in Korean with German supertitles

Jeong Yu-jeong, b. 1966 in Hampyeong, South Korea. Jeong’s psychological thrillers come with a best-seller guarantee in her home country. Before becoming “South Korea’s Stephen King,” as she is often known, she worked an ER nurse and as an appraiser for the national health insurance. Her first published book was the YA novel Nae insaeng-ui spring camp (2007), winner of the Segye Youth Literary Award. Her breakthrough came with Chilnyeonui bam (2011), a thriller about a father who becomes a murderer against his will. Her most recent novel is Jong-ui Giwon (2016), a sinister psychopathic mother-son story. Jeong You-Jeong lives in Gwangju, South Korea.

Literaturhaus Wien

Zieglergasse 26A, 1070 Vienna