Switzerland at the Göteborg Bookfair 2017

Thursday, 28.09.2017 – Sunday, 01.10.2017

Conference; Event accessible to journalists; Literature

The 28th of September the Bookfair in Göteborg opens its doors with the focus on education, tolerance and freedom of expression. Two authors from Switzerland will take part in various programs and seminars at the fair. The Embassy participates within the framework of EUNIC, a network for European cultural institutes and embassies, and for the fourth year in a row together we organize our popular literary “Café Europa” in the joint stand C03:02.

Max Lobe was born in Douala, Cameroon, in 1986. At eighteen he moved to Switzerland, where he earned a BA in communication and journalism and a master’s in public policy and administration. In 2011, he published his first novel, L’Enfant du miracle, with Éditions des Sauvages. In 2013, his novel, 39 rue de Berne, published with Éditions Zoé, established him as one of the leading writers of his generation. The novel which portrays the lives of illegal immigrants in the red-light district of Geneva, received the 2014 Prix du Roman des Romands. His latest novel Bantu Trinity, also portrays cultural incomprehension between people, and the desire to draw closer to one another by speech. An important theme in Lobes writings are Human Rights and LGBT issues among migrants and sustainability questions. He blogs at Les Cahiers Bantous. The main topic of his next novel is terrorism in Cameroon and the Boko Haram.

Theres K Agdler was born and raised in Switzerland but moved to Sweden in 1998 and adopted Swedish as her literary language. She has written several novels and short stories and works as text artist, teacher of creative writing and journalist. On the fair she will present her new artist book project "Typer och Maskiner" and her latest novel "När apelsinerna faller".

Our program at the Book Fair:

Friday, September 29

11:00 to 12:00 Theres K. Agdler talks with Benita Funke about her new book. EUNIC Café Europa C03:02.

13:00-13:45 Therese K. Agdler: Documentation in the female voice. Large seminar with Magdalena Platzova, Carmen Posadas and Ixiar Rozas, moderated by Sonja Schwarzenberger. J1

17:00 to 17:45 Therese K. Agdler: European relations and cross-border identities in German language literature. Large seminar with Daniel Wisser. Moderator: Valle Wigers. (Language: German). J2.

Saturday, September 30

11:00 to 12:00 Rousseau and Sweden, EUNIC Café Europa C03: 02.

12:00 to 13:00 Therese K. Agdler, Malgorzata Sjejnert and Sofia Branco: Female journalists. EUNIC Café Europa C03: 02.

14:00 to 14:45 Max Lobe: Alternative facts and perspectives. Large seminar with Malgorzata Sjenert, Sofia Branco and Yolanda Castano. Moderator Ola Larsmo. F2.

15:00-15:40 Post-colonial memories with Sofia Branco and Max Lobe. Moderator: Benita Funke. EUNIC Café Europa C03: 02.

16:00-16:30 Språk för livet: about the importance of multilingualism and language policy. Benita Funke and Marie Öhman. Mångspråksscenen.

Sunday, October 1

11:00-12:00. Cecilia Hansson and Benita Funke: Hopplöst men inte allvarligt. Culture and politics in central Europe. EUNIC Café Europa C03:02.

12:00-13:00 Max Lobe: Author presentation and lecture. EUNIC Café Europa C03: 02.

The Swiss Ambassador Christian Schoenberger will be present in Gothenburg during the bookfair.

Max Lobe will also participate in an event in Stockholm on the 2 of October at 10:00-14.00 at the University of Stockholm, LAI-Biblioteket Södra Huset B. This event is open for everyone interested, not only students. Please visit: romklass for more information.

We hope to see you at the Book Fair in Gothenburg or at the Stockholm university!

Location: Göteborg