Theassociation of Authors of the Canton of Berne (BSV) celebrates its 77th anniversary. As a tribute, the association has published an anthology with 100 texts by some 70 members. I was able to contribute "Die Frau im Morgenmantel" (a story that ran here in its translation as "The Stranger in the Kitchen" in August 2015).
On Wednesday, 30 August, we celebrated the launch with a marathon-reading at Köniz Castle near Berne. 30 authors read 5 minutes each from their texts. The marathon was divided into groups of ten authors. Between the lots, there were two fifteen-minute-breaks in which the audience could enjoy bread and cheese courtesy of the BSV.
Although I had to leave some time during the second lot because of the train connections, I was exhilarated by the diversity of the presented work. There were documentary, entertaining, stimulating, touching and thrilling stories – you name it. The story "Fingerouge" (Finger Eyes) by the blind author Yvonne Scherrer impressed me most.
I would have loved to linger on but knew that the alarm clock sending me to my bread job the next morning would be relentless.
"Geschichten Gedanken Gedichte – Eine Berner Anthologie mit 100 Texten" (in German) can be ordered for CHF 25.-- plus postage via the BSV. And I have a (very) limited number of copies on stock as well.