It’s a sleepy little town of 30,000, with a bustling university. The hotel had a “quaint” feeling to it, to quote someone, and I felt very good there. Here’s the hotel key:
So much for a thin card. Easy tell germany is a have-country (small joke for canadian readers). As in other hotels there, on returning from adventures elsewhere I’d find the window open, airing the place out nicely. The weather was very good when there, especially the day I read (22 October), and while sitting outdoors at a café post-performance, unexpected company took over the other chair:
Neither the waitress’ approach nor the occupation of the next table by three college girls disturbed this drowsy visitor.
Now, to the reading. Thanks go to Dr. Florian Freitag of the University of mainz (germersheim campus) and the head of his department, Dr. Jutta Ernst, for their invitation, hospitality and dinner conversation. Here’s Florian with his copy of my book:
And here’s part of Jutta’s class who I addressed:
A student participated along with Florian and Jutta. (I regret not getting a photo of the three of them.) The audience numbered about 70. Facing people in tiered seating was new for me, but they were a warm crowd who laughed in the right places. As in munich, there were lots of good questions, and hopefully the italian student who considers canada a “dreamland” didn’t have his impression ruined by the reading. Also, thanks to the unnamed student who came up after to shake my hand and said a few kind words.
If there are any canadian writers out there who can get to germany, I recommend it. Friendly audiences, fine hosts, and good food. And it’s an easy place to get around.
I got back from europe last week, and enjoyed the trip very much. In paris and germany I caught up with old friends. Apart from visiting museums and zoos, it was a pleasure and privilege to have been invited to munich and germersheim to read (see earlier posts). Here’s a picture of three people who helped with that in munich:
That’s Dr. Sascha Pöhlmann to the far left, friend and host, with one of his colleagues and a student. All three read parts of the novel with me, to the audience’s surprise and amusement. Sascha gave a wonderful introduction and had promoted the event very well. There were good questions from the audience.
Afterwards, a student from poland, Malwina Chmiel, came up to have a quick conversation and, to my pleasant surprise, asked for a photo. (Thanks to the unnamed friend who used both our cameras.) Malwina’s future career plans I hope to see come true, and not only because it could mean an invitation to me to visit that country from a person in high office. She seems firmly set on fulfilling her aspirations, and I wish her good luck..
The reading occurred in a classroom, starting a little after 7:00, with sirens going by and a free bar. Part of the audience of about 40 — pictured here post-reading and post-beer consuming –
– seemed to enjoy themselves. I know I did.
Next post: germersheim.
On 22 October I’ll be reading at the Germersheim branch of Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, in Germany. The poster is here. Looking forward to this, and to the 15 October reading at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.
On the 19th of September the Attic Owl Reading Series in moncton, new brunswick, coordinated by Lee Thompson, Executive Director of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, started its new year of readings and music presentations. On the bill, and performing in this order, were Ryan Hillier (songwriter, guitarist), Danny Jacobs (launching his first poetry book, Songs That Remind Us of Factories), and me. I read part of the chapter, “Big goodbyes,” from my latest novel manuscript called “Unidentified man at left of photo.” Lee took photos of each of us, and here’s one. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to The Writers’ Union of Canada and Lee Thompson of WFNB, I’ll be part of a reading/musical experience in Moncton in two weeks. Here’s the release information:
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Jeff Bursey is a novelist (the critically acclaimed Verbatim: A Novel), short story writer, playwright and literary critic. His reviews and essays have appeared in print and online in many venues. Bursey’s readings are theatrical, and, at times, interactive. He’s appeared at reading festivals across Canada and on the CBC and NPR. In October, Bursey will be an invited guest reader in universities in Germany. http://www.jeffbursey.com/
Danny Jacobs grew up in Riverview, NB. His poems have been published in a variety of journals across Canada. After living in a number of cities and towns in the Maritimes, Danny is back in Riverview and works as the librarian in the village of Petitcodiac, NB. Songs That Remind Us of Factories is his first book.http://www.nightwoodeditions.com/?p=2613
Ryan Hillier is an exploratory songwriter, wandering through territory both strange and familiar. A devout autodidact, he began writing songs in 2008, developing a keen sense of timing and phrase and crafting songs that take turns through folk, blues, and psychedelia. While his influences range from Neil Young to The Crystals to Al Tuck, his style and lyrics evoke the charm and wisdom of a well-traveled Maritimer. Over the past two years, while in residence at Plan b Lounge in Moncton, Hillier has shared the stage with (and hosted) countless acts from across Canada and solidified a reputation as a die-hard supporter of artistic expression.