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Mina, Max, Vera – are the children and grandchildren of master baker August Stutz who shaped their existences beyond his grave. By resisting, suppressing and fleeing they tried to escape, but now, at the breaking points of their lives, they have to revisit their past and face their guilt. Once more Mina, the housewife, reads the letters she wrote to her husband during the war and postwar years. Once more the Vietnam pilot Max returns to Switzerland. And for the first time the butterfly breeder Vera learns what her mother really went through. Their stories form the portrait of a Swiss family in the 20th century. Be it the violence of the patriarch or the war, external events or internal dependencies¬ – they challenge certainties about home and belonging. This is a moving novel about silence in families, about the reflections of past and the search for one’s own truth.
Reviews to follow
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29. August 2021 11:00 ab Neuhausen
4. November 2021 Schaffhausen
5.November 2021 Olten
13. November 2021 17:30 Zug
18. November 2021 19:30 Liestal
30. November 2021 10:00, Dublin
2. Dezember 2021, Dublin
Award of the Cultural Prize of Riehen town 2019
The Cultural Prize is awarded to the author Gabrielle Alioth
Gabrielle Alioth is a versatile author – she is awarded the prize in the amount of CHF 15'000 for remarkable cultural achievements
In the eyes of the Jury of the Cultural Prize the versatile and rich literary oeuvre of Gabrielle Alioth is forged by an exceptional style of writing which closely entwines reality and fiction. The works of Gabrielle Alioth include several novels and books for children in German as well as theatre plays, non-fiction books and most recently also poetry in English.
Gabrielle Alioth was born in 1955, grew up in Riehen and studied economics, the history of art and philosophy at the universities of Basel and Salzburg. In 1984 she moved to Ireland, where she first worked as a journalist and translator and since 1990 as a free-lance author. She is teaching at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and at the House of Literature Basel and the Adult Education Center Basel. She lives in Termonfeckin (County Louth).
Although the author is living in Ireland since many years, she is still considering Riehen as the actual and intellectual home that she carries within herself. She has contributed to the literary scene of Switzerland as a member of the program commission of the Solothurn Literary Days (from 2017 to 2020). In 1991 she was awarded the Mara Cassens Prize for her first novel.
The award ceremony for the Cultural Prize is open to the public and will take place October 22nd, 2020.
Riehen, June 2020
For further information contact:
Herbert Matthys, president of the Jury for the Cultural Prize,
The Poet’s Coat – Der Mantel der Dichterin
Waldgut, April 2019, Frauenfeld, ISBN 978-3-03740-138-5
Gabrielle Alioth, known as the author of many, often historical novels, for the first time presents a volume of verse. The collection The Poet’s Coat is the poetic biography of the Swiss writer living in Ireland for nearly four decades – the dark current of life, the groundwater below the surface on which the characters of her novels walk and act.
In contrast to the novels, written in German, the original language of the poems is English.
Literatur aus erster Hand
08.11. - 19.11. 2021, Luzern
ab August 2021 bei der Volkshochschule Basel
Individuelle Schreibberatung für literarische, (auto-)biografische und andere Texte
am 23.06. / 21.07 / 24.08 / 21.09.2021
jeweils ab 14.30 im Senevita Erlenmatt, Basel,
Auf der Suche nach der Vergangenheit – Recherche-Kurs
am 06.11. und 20.11.2021
jeweils 10.00 bis 15.00 (online), Volkshochschule Basel
Schreiblust – Schreibweekend
13. und 14. November 2021
jeweils von 9.30 bis 16.00 Uhr, im Literaturhaus Basel,
in Kooperation mit den alumni Basel, Universität Basel.
Der rote Faden – Textwerkstatt
Am 15.01./ 29.01./12.02/26.02.2022 (online)
jeweils von 10.00 bis 13.00 Uhr, Volkshochschule Basel
in den Räumen der VHS beider Basel,