Kristine Bilkau on her book The lucky ones

"I started thinking about this book around 2009, after the Lehmann Brothers crisis happened. I wanted to write about how big economic changes can impact personal life." Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Frank Witzel on his book Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen Teenager

"I turn a realistic idea into a little imaginary, you could say surrealistic, writing." Frank Witzel, 60, writer, Offenbach (DE).

Mirna Funk on her book Winternähe

"Every human being is made through his own story: a personal story, a family story or even a story of a country." Mirna Funk, 35, writer, journalist, Berlin (DE), Tel Aviv (IL).

Karen Köhler on her book Wir haben Raketen geangelt

"I really put all the love and all the effort in it that I could at that time." Karin Köhler, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Per Leo on his book Flood and Soil

"It was supposed to be a non-fiction book, but it turned out to be a piece of literature." Per Leo, 43, writer, Berlin (DE).

Paul Bühre over De naam van de wind – Patrick Rothfuss

"It's great, I don't know how to explain, but it's really awesome. You just keep reading, you want to know how it goes on." Paul Bühre, 16, scholier, Berlijn (Duitsland).

Philipp Blom on his book Fracture

"It was a fascinating time for experiments, terrible political experiments, wonderful cultural experiments. and I tried to capture them." Philipp Blom, 44, writer, Vienna.