Last Saturday we headed down to Kreuzberg to our favourite bookshop, and supplier of good reads to both The Circus Hotel and The Circus Apartments, Dialogue Books. After three years in the city, Sharmaine, Nerys and the team were closing down the shop, which meant of course a farewell in style with plenty of cake and wine, plus offers on the remaining books, to keep a constant stream of people happy.
But the end of the bookshop, sad as it is, does not mean the end of Dialogue… and within a few hours of the hangovers clearing they sent out their first invitation to their first post-Bookshop event – part of their Literary Lounge series at Soho House – and it seems fitting in this time of shift and change for both Dialogue and the wider industry, that it is their first eBook event:
“This month in the Literary Lounge, Dialogue Books is thrilled to mark the launch of Frisch & Co eBook imprint with a very special evening of conversation and reading.
Founded in 2012, Frisch & Co. Electronic Books is a Berlin-based eBook publisher of contemporary fiction in English-language translation. Joining Dialogue Books’ owner Sharmaine Lovegrove are E.J Van Lanen, founder of Frisch & Co. and Anna Kim, winner of the 2012 EU Prize for Literature and author of Anatomy of A Night (“one of the most exciting and beautiful German language texts in recent years”).
Please Note: This a bi-lingual reading with English language discussion.
Spaces are – as ever – extremely limited, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.”
The Literary Lounge takes place on May 14th, just a short stroll down the Torstraße away from The Circus, but as they mention in their information places are VERY limited so make sure you register at the email address above.
For more on the future of Dialogue in Berlin, take a look here, whilst if you are (like us) bereft because of the closure of the shop, check out this post with alternative foreign-language booksellers in Berlin.