Books from Luxembourg | Leipzig Book Fair 2023

 27 – 30 April 2023

After the cancellation of the Leipzig Book Fair 2022 due to the corona pandemic, Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg is present at this year’s edition of the Leipzig Book Fair with a national joint stand and presents the diversity of Luxembourg’s literary and publishing scene. 6 Luxembourg publishers will present their new spring publications at Germany’s second largest book fair. As one of the most important fairs for the general public, visitors can meet and exchange ideas with Luxembourg authors and discover the diversity of the Luxembourg book industry.

To support the dissemination and circulation of Luxembourg literature, Kultur | lx offers publishing and translation subsidies to foreign publishers. More information on the various supports can be found here : Publishing support – Luxembourg authors with foreign publishers ; Translation grant.

Contact: Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg
Brian Bailey, Project Manager Literature & Publishing | +352 621 730 960


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The aim of Black Fountain Press is to provide a platform for writers who choose to express themselves in English rather than in the traditional languages of Luxembourg. Catering to writers of all nationalities who are connected in some way to Luxembourg, it seeks to open doors for those novelists, poets, short-story writers and playwrights who, so far, have not been able to reach Luxembourg’s multicultural readership. The company also aims to help established Luxembourg authors make their way across the border and widen their audience by publishing English translations of their work. Founded in 2017, Black Fountain Press has the ambition to promote English-language literature in Luxembourg and abroad.

Anne-Marie Reuter |

When Georges Hausemer and Susanne Jaspers founded their publishing house in 2012, they decided to make the lovable capybara the logo for their new company. Since then, the little capybara has been proudly emblazoned on everything they publish: literature, travel guides, non-fiction books and scientific works. Sadly, Georges Hausemer passed away in August at the early age of 61 and Susanne Jasper now continues to run the company on her own. Well, not entirely on her own – she still has the trusty capybara by her side.

Susanne Jaspers | | +352 661 501 715

Éditions Guy Binsfeld publishes stories that shape and reflect Luxembourg culture. There are many ways to tell great stories like this – we just have to find the right one. Our catalogue includes multiple languages, with a focus on what has shaped our country and what roots it in the present day. To us, promoting young voices is just as important as cultivating our stable of renowned authors. At Éditions Guy Binsfeld we handle all genres, from literature and non-fiction to illustrated books, travel guides, children’s books and business books. For us, quality always comes before quantity, which is why we publish only a dozen or so books a year. That means we can do what we love most: bring personal concepts to life.

Inge Orlowski |

Founded in 2012, Hydre Éditions publishes literary fiction in German and French. More recently, the company has focused on novels, plays and short-story collections, publishing works by established writers as well as a new generation of Luxembourg authors.

Ian De Toffoli / Jeff Thoss |

Kremart Edition publishes books for young readers (up to age 8): stories written and illustrated by their authors and artists, as well as translations of international bestselling children’s books. For adult readers, the Smart Kremart series is a great way to read one short story at a time. These 20 little books were an instant hit, selling over 35,000 copies, and the company has now expanded on the idea with two more series: Timba and Bucktugou. In its Kanephora series, among others, Kremart also offers a selection of short stories and novels in German, French and Luxembourgish by emerging and established Luxembourg authors.

Christiane Kremer | | +352 621 710 929

Point Nemo Publishing was founded in March 2020. Its flagship product is ADATO, a periodical that covers architecture and how it interacts with related disciplines, such as technology, theatre, film and the visual arts, yet ever mindful of the socio-political context of our time. As such, ADATO reflects the values and motives of the publisher!

Anna Valentiny | | +352 621 500 257

Programme – Leipzig liest

Saturday, 29 April | 9 to 10.30 p.m.
Die naTo – Sociocultural Centre, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 46, Leipzig
Reading and discussion
What if…? Between fiction and speculation
Authors: Maxime Weber, Claire Schmartz, Samuel Hamen, Nico Helminger (heteronym: Tomas Bjørnstad)
Moderator: Thomas Hummitzsch (freelance writer for Rolling Stone, taz, der Freitag, tip.Berlin, etc.)

Four Luxembourg authors compare their visions of society. From a strange and deadly natural phenomenon to an intelligent robot, a secret police agency rooting out resistance cells to disoriented people in a rapidly developing smart city, the authors explore various near future scenarios.

Maxime Weber was born in 1993 and studied philosophy in Munich and Berlin. He writes screenplays, directs music videos, is active in musical projects, writes short stories and has published articles in Forum für Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur, woxx, Tageblatt, Lëtzebuerger Journal, SZ Junge Leute and taz. Weber has won a number of awards, including first prize in the 2016 Prix Laurence, Luxembourg’s youth literature competition, for his short story Chaudron fêlé, the 2018 René Oppenheimer Prize for his Watchblog, and the Institut Grand-Ducal’s eighth Prix Arts et Lettres in 2022.

His highly topical, speculative and dystopian novel Das Gangrän pulls the curtain back on a near future that has frightening parallels with the coronavirus pandemic (the author completed the work in 2018). A shimmering blue root-like mesh suddenly emerges in various places around the world that causes all organic life to decay and decompose immediately. On the train from Paris to Luxembourg, the recently graduated Jeanne reads more about this strange phenomenon on the internet – it is spreading rapidly and has already claimed several lives. Soon, the life-destroying substance becomes the all-determining factor in the formerly tranquil village of Pardange.

Claire Schmartz was born in Luxembourg in 1992. She now lives in Berlin, where she works as a literary translator and freelance journalist. Her literary works have received awards at the National Literary Competition and been published in the Cahiers luxembourgeois. In 2020 she received a scholarship from the Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt Programme for young literary translators. BUG. 010000100101010101000111 is her first novel.

BUG features The Professore, a leading researcher whose latest project, the intelligent robot BUD, requires that she move into a new apartment for the test phase. She works tirelessly on the prototype to ensure that BUD’s programming is perfect, but BUD makes inexplicable mistakes that she attempts to correct through increasingly drastic measures. There’s a bug.

Samuel Hamen is a freelance writer and literary critic. He writes in Luxembourgish and German and has been published by ZEIT Online, Deutschlandfunk and others. His first collection of stories Zeeechen (Éditions Guy Binsfeld) won the Luxembourg Book Prize in 2020. For an unpublished version of Wie die Fliegen he won first prize in the Luxembourg National Literary Competition. In 2022 the Roger Willemsen Foundation awarded him a grant so he could continue working on the novel, and his essay Quallen: Ein Portrait appeared in the Naturkunden series. During the 2022-24 season he will be writer-in-residence at the Luxembourg National Theatre. Wie die Fliegen is his first novel.

Dispatched by the Academy, a security agency whose operatives track down saboteurs and root out resistance cells, a detective travels to a remote town to find Saul, a missing teenager. An unbearably hot wind blows through the town every day, and the more you see of the residents, the isolated institute and the surrounding countryside, the more you get the impression that everything is fine – yet at the same time nothing is right. Samuel Hamen’s debut novel is about much more than local unrest or a young man fighting for a good future: it’s about digital ways of life, ecological sorrow and, ultimately, how we can live in a world that is irretrievably lost to us.

Nico Helminger was born in 1953 and studied literature and theatre. He has won multiple National Literary Competition awards. In 2008 he was awarded the Batty Weber Prize and in 2014 his book of poems Abrash won the Servais Prize for Literature. He won the Servais Prize again in 2018 for his novel Kuerz Chronik vum Menn Malkowitsch sengen Deeg an der Loge. It has been known since May 2022 that Nico Helminger also goes by the heteronym of Tomas Bjørnstad, who was born in Trondheim in 1984 and lives and works in Luxembourg. Fjorde (2018) and Die Tanzenden (2019) are published by Éditions Guy Binsfeld.

In Von der schönen Erde, the third work in a series of books, Norwegian-Luxembourgian author Tomas Bjørnstad (heteronym of Luxembourg author Nico Helminger) revives the literary avant-garde in the style of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. Against the backdrop of a small town on the cusp of rapidly developing into a smart city, leaving its inhabitants disoriented, the author designs a game in which worlds and identities merge.


Sunday, 30 April | 10.30 to 11 a.m.
Forum Weltweit – Hall 4, Booth E406, Leipzig Book Fair / Messe-Allee 1, Leipzig
Liesmatinée Crémant-Mélange: Österreich trifft Luxemburg
Authors: Tomas Bjørnstad, Ferdinand Schmalz
Organiser: Editions Guy Binsfeld

Ferdinand Schmalz writes about Franz Schlicht and Tomas Bjørnstad (alias Nico Helminger) writes about the inhabitants of Bjørnstadt. But read for yourself.

A frozen food salesman searches for a suicidal customer. A writer investigates suicide cases in a powerful consulting firm. Both protagonists meet people whose different manifestations of madness and loneliness give insights into the abysses of their society. Some wander through the sweltering summer heat around Vienna, others lose themselves in a “smart city” in the south of Luxembourg between pressure to perform and drug consumption. In both “Mein Lieblingstier heißt Winter” and “Von der schönen Erde”, ambitious entrepreneurs meet corrupt politicians and perfectly formed linguistic wit meets a biting portrait of society. And yet the two texts could hardly be more different …

Liesmatinée Crémant-Melange will be a guest at the Leipzig Book Fair! Since 2016, Éditions Guy Binsfeld and the Austrian Embassy in Luxembourg have been organising readings in a Viennese coffee house ambience, accompanied by music, Austrian delicacies and Crémant de Luxembourg sparkling wine. A dialogue in the geographical borderlands of German-language literature.

Ferdinand Schmalz was born in Graz, Austria, in 1985 and lives and works in Vienna. He first made a name for himself as a playwright before winning the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2017 with an excerpt from Mein Lieblingstier heißt Winter. His debut novel of the same name was published in 2021 and was longlisted for the German Book Prize and shortlisted for the Austrian Book Prize in the same year.

Tomas Bjørnstad was born in Trondheim in 1984. Today he lives and works in Luxembourg. His name is a heteronym of Nico Helminger and as such he belongs to a group of writers whose literary work focuses on the theme of simulacrum. Nico Helminger has received many awards for his writing. ” Von der schönen Erde” has been nominated for the Prix Servais 2023.

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