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Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum is brimming with mysterious artifacts and treasures, but its most curious inhabitant may prove to be its half-blind canine caretaker.

Whether you have kids or are a big kid at heart, come join us on Tuesday 11th November in Fabisch for a very special reading and workshop with one of our favourite writers and illustrators, Zack Rock. Zack’s new book Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum has just come out and he will be both reading from the book, talking through his artwork, and giving the creative and curious the chance to try some illustration for themselves under the guidance of an expert!

The event will be in English, is free and open to all. Just for your orientation: the book is aimed at school-age children… take a look at Zack’s website to get an idea of his work.

Reading and Illustration Workshop with Zack Rock
Tuesday 11th November 2014
5pm
Fabisch at The Circus Hotel

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Browsing our favourite neighbourhood book store this week and we spied a familiar face on the front cover of the new book The Craft and the Makers: Tradition with Attitude, published by the good folks at Gestalten. Our head designer Sandra Ernst had discovered Daniel Heer’s workshop on Rosa Luxemburg Straße and had really admired his stools and daybeds, built out of wooden with leather straps.

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As is made clear in the book, Daniel Heer is following a family tradition in craft – his family have been making horsehair mattresses in Switzerland since 1907 – and since his move to Berlin he has forged his own path whilst at the same time keeping a link to the past. Sandra approached Daniel to work together as part of the renovations at The Circus Hotel, and he is creating a new room divider for between the reception area and the Fabisch Restaurant:

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Using natural materials, we are really excited to see the finished article installed in the Hotel, and if you are interested in the book, check out the library at Fabisch… a great read and inspiring to discover all those craftsmen and women dedicated to their work.

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On Saturday evening we welcomed a fine collection of writers and translators to Katz & Maus for a literary evening organised by our friends at Readux Books entitled ‘The Wall, the City and the World’. This is the title of an upcoming Readux release by Eliot Weinberger, who was on hand to read a couple of different pieces of his work, but before he took to the microphone we had some other very special guests with us.

Readux publisher Amanda DeMarco introduced the event and then welcomed Maren Kames to the stage. Maren read some of her poetry (in German) and then Amanda followed with her translations of the work. Next up was David Wagner, to read a short extract of his work Mauerpark in German, before translator Katy Derbyshire presented her translation of his love letter to the park in English. The evening reflected on both the world at large and the Berlin that we know and love, and it was a fantastic experience to welcome these very talented writers and translators to the Circus, as well as the many literary lovers who found their way to the basement of the Hostel to listen to them speak.

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Writers from around the world are descending on the German capital as you read this, for the fourteenth installment of the International Literature Festival. Over a hundred authors from more than fifty countries will be in Berlin for a series of readings, discussions, interviews and more, with much of the action taking place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in the west of the city.

Although many of the events are in German/translated into German, there are a number of readings and other events taking place in English, including those from Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz, Jhumpra Lahiri, and the winner of the 2014 Leipzig Book Prize, Pankaj Mishra, who will be opening the festival on the 10th September. The English language magazine ExBerliner has a good round-up of the English language events on their website.

The festival runs from the 10th to the 20th September and you can find more about it, including the full programme, on the official website. Meanwhile, here at the Circus we have a literary event of our own as we host our friends from Readux on Saturday 13th September, whilst across the park in ACUD there is the opening edition of a new literary Salon which looks like it is also going to be a wonderful evening of words here in Berlin.

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We have something very special coming up on Saturday 13th September at Katz & Maus – a reading hosted by our favourite publishers of small-yet-perfectly-formed books Readux. Three times a year Readux publish a series of four teeny-tiny books of (mostly) translated literature in English. Sometimes stories, sometimes essays and sometimes poetry, one thing is for sure is that they are perfect to slide in your pocket for that next train or plane journey, and if you want to get a copy to see for yourself, then we sell them in the Circus Hotel.

On the 13th Readux will be crossing the street to the Circus Hostel for an event hosted by Readux Publisher Amanda DeMarco, under the title “The Wall, the City, and the World”. This is the title of Eliot Weinberger’s upcoming Readux release, and Eliot will be at the Circus to give us a sneek-peak (and the only chance you will get to buy an advance copy). We will also hear from two of the stars of the last Readux series – David Wagner and translator Katy Derbyshire – about the Mauerpark, in keeping with the Wall theme, as well as poetry from Maren Kames.

Sounds good? The event will start at 7pm, and after the reading there will be plenty of time to stick around for drinks and some good conversation. We are really excited to be welcoming the different members of the Readux crew to the Circus, and we are sure it is going to be a great evening.

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One of our favourite literary blogs Love German Books and our friends at Slow Travel Berlin are launching a new literary event next week at the ACUD club – just around the corner from Rosenthaler Platz. It looks like a fun evening of readings followed by the excellently named DJ Döner Summer on the decks… see you there?

TEENAGE KICKS!
an evening with Brittani Sonnenberg and Christiane Neudecker

Two writers – one American, one German, both with teenage protagonists. How do they create believable characters without getting patronizing or embarrassing? How do they capture the language and the lives of their teenage narrators? What’s the hardest thing about drawing on your own youth as literary material? And are teenagers the same the world over?

Brittani Sonnenberg will read from Home Leave and Christiane Neudecker will give us a sneak preview of her work-in-progress, Sommernovelle, with English translation – all in conversation with translator extraordinaire Katy Derbyshire.

Stick around afterwards for drinks and conversation with musical kicks selected by DJ Döner Summer: soul, funk, electronica, chill out, experimental and lit-beats.

Tuesday, 9 September, 8 p.m.
ACUD Club (rear Hof)
Veteranenstraße 21, Berlin-Mitte
€ 3 on the door

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Thanks to our mates at ocelot, not just another bookstore we have a new selection of books for you to explore in the Fabisch Library at the Circus Hotel. Not only have Maria and Frithjof helped us make our picks, but we have made some our own and you can read about why we have chosen the books that we have. First up for Circus staff picks are Hotel Manager Katrin, who chose ‘Why we took the car’ by Wolfgang Herrndorf, and the Communications team Lisa and Paul, who chose ‘All the Lights’ by Clemens Meyer and ‘The Berlin Wall’ by Frederick Taylor respectively. Keep an eye out on the Fabisch Library during the upcoming renovations, as we will be extending our choices and adding more staff picks for you to try, and thanks again to our friends at ocelot for helping us with our selection.

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About ocelot, not just another bookstore…

You can find ocelot on Brunnenstraße 181, only a few meters away from The Circus. What makes ocelot so special is not only the café, where you can hang out with your friends and family after an exciting tour through the city or read your new book right away, but the fact that it’s a place full of people who love literature. And who won’t hesitate to help you with even the most desperate calls for help – “I’m looking for this book with the blue cover, it shows a dog on the beach”. It is a short walk from the hotel, so why not go check it out?

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For those of you who read the Circus Blog on a regular basis, you will know that we like the pocket books from Berlin-based publishers Readux so much that we sell them in the Circus Hotel. Next Wednesday will see the launch of the third series of four books, and there is a launch event taking place at one of our favourite Berlin craft breweries, Vagabund in Wedding. You can find out more information about the launch party here, and here is a brief intro to the books that make up series #3:

“For those of you who loved our translation of Franz Hessel’s 1929 In Berlin, we’re proud to present Arthur Eloesser’s Cities and City People. Published a decade earlier, in 1919, it takes Berlin’s meteoric growth as the starting point for examining the meaning of urbanity.

Flash forward to the end of the 20th century, and you’ll find David Wagner visiting Friedrichstrasse, Schönhauser Allee, and Café M in Berlin Triptych. Wagner revisits those locations again in 2013, noting the changes he observes and creating a fascinating record of Berlin in the past fifteen years.

Berlin-based author Brittani Sonnenberg casts her eye further afield with Hong Kong Buffet. Her story about the patrons and employees of a restaurant in Pocahontas, Mississippi is an entertaining tour de force in the voices of rural America. We’d also like to congratulate Brittani on the tremendously successful launch of her debut novel Home Leave.

Amanda Svennson’s Where the Hollyhocks Come From is a story of attraction and repulsion with a compelling, lyrical style. It makes up the third installment in our series presenting stories from Sweden’s most exciting contemporary authors.

Our covers for this series are by Berlin illustrator Lisa Schweizer.”

We will hopefully have the books available to buy in the Circus Hotel very soon, and in the meantime, you can of course buy both print and electronic versions from the Readux website.

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