Author Archives: Nicolette Stewart

About Nicolette Stewart

Nicolette Stewart is a freelance writer based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. You can read more of her tales of marauding, plunder, and international gorilla conspiracy at www.clickclackgorilla.com or find her talking about books on Twitter @bookpunks

The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview with Back to Berlin…and BEYOND (and a giveaway)

Photo (cc) flickr user optikfluffel

Photo (cc) flickr user optikfluffel

What do you  need to know to get settled in Berlin?  Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions.  One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you.  But how to choose?  Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Ebe from Back to Berlin…and BEYOND here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome.  As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.

What Berlin neighborhood do you live in? 

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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Erotica, and Some Other Random Stuff

Nice try Frankfurt Book Fair, but we think we'll just keep writing both. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart, taken at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

Nice try Frankfurt Book Fair, but we think we’ll just keep writing both. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart, taken at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

Have you assimilated yet?

Gone native?  Become German? At Germany, Ja, they say they’ll tell you.  Right here.  I’m not entirely sure I would fill the list with the same items though, if I had written it.  Except for number 13: “You don’t have a flat sheet on your bed anymore, just a duvet and cover.”  Yup, I’m thoroughly Germanized in that respect.

Erotica at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Apparently Fifty Shades of Grey has everybody clamoring for the stuff.

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Wordless Wednesday: Cro

CRO at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

Cro at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

CRO at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

Cro at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

In case you don’t know who Cro is:

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Day Two at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Another day at the Frankfurt Book Fair, another slew of bright and beautiful images.  But books weren’t the only highlights; new technology that combines reading on the page with tablet and computer add-ons, e-books, print-on-demand were just a few of the things on display that are pointing to the potential new tech will bring to reading in the future.

“Book publishers are expanding the scope of their opportunities to the maximum. They are experimenting with content and technologies, and that spirit of invention pervades the Book Fair,” said Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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The Week in Germany: Kafka, Heidelberg, Germerica, and One Berlin Neighborhood

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

First things first: The Kafka Group Read co-hosted by Young Germany and Book Punks…

…is happening right now, and we would love it if you joined us in the discussion.  Even if you only read it once, like, 15 years ago and don’t feel like reading it again.  You can still stop by and tell us what you remember about it, whether you think you might be up for reading it in German.

You can join in right here.  Then you can go read about the problems of translating that famous first sentence right here.

Welcome to Germerica

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Frankfurt Book Fair: A Tour in Photos

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Last night I left the fair feeling totally exhausted.  Without realizing it, I had spent almost eight solid hours walking–and the fair grounds are not small.  I didn’t have a step counter on, but I’d bet I walked almost ten kilometers as I explored hall after all, taking photos.

Despite all the walking, I still haven’t covered it all and today I will be exploring the remaining halls, as well as talking to translator Katy Derbyshire for a YG exclusive next month.  Day two here I come!  While I’m out taking more photos, take a look at the second part of the fun yesterday.  Featuring Ken Follet, “Selfie Man” and three tons of gorgeous books:

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First Day at the Frankfurt Book Fair: Photo Impressions

Frankfurt Book Fair Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Gutenberg Museum Stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting point for book lovers, and the enormous fair hall pulses: with color, passion, and beautiful, beautiful books. Book people–from authors to publishers and everyone in between–have descended on Frankfurt, and for the next five days, Frankfurt will be the unofficial capital of books.

I spent the morning wandering the cavernous halls, getting a feel for the layout and taking pictures of books and stands. I think I could spend the next year here and not manage to see it all. The program booklet is as thick as a telephone book, though I doubt I’ll make it to even half of the interesting events I’ve circled. A large “Lesezelt” (reading tend) has been set up in the courtyard outside, and there are rumored to be readings by Finnish authors happening in a sauna (how that is supposed to work I have no idea).

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