Literary port

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The online portal Literaturport or simply Litport is an information platform for German-language literature developed in 2006 as a joint project of the Brandenburg Literature Office and the Berlin Literary Colloquium with funding from the Prussian Sea Trade Foundation , the Brandenburg Gate Foundation and the states of Berlin and Brandenburg . It offers an author's lexicon, author readings, a calendar of literary prizes and grants, as well as information on the literary landscape and events. As a “literary harbor”, it sees itself as a contact point for writers, translators, scientists and those interested in literature in the entire German-speaking area , with the Berlin / Brandenburg region receiving special attention. In 2008, the project won the Grimme Online Award in the “Culture and Entertainment” category.


Author Lexicon

The "author's lexicon" is divided into a contemporary and a historical lexicon. The contemporary encyclopedia includes writers from all over the German-speaking area, the historical encyclopedia only deals with authors related to the Berlin / Brandenburg area.

The contemporary part follows a previously unique concept. All information is provided by the authors themselves: Each writer writes his own entry. There is a picture of the author as well as information about his CV, appreciations, previous publications, free audio samples and other media. If the author has activated this option, he can also be contacted directly via the author's lexicon.

The contemporary author lexicon is open to writers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The basic requirement for inclusion in the lexicon is at least one independent publication in the field of fiction / children's books after 1995 (no self-published or cost-grant publisher).

The historical part opens up relationships between the life and work of over 3500 writers on the one hand and over 900 places in the Berlin-Brandenburg region on the other. It works like a finding aid: the way to the information (brief information on the person and the location with reference to the source) is offered, but not the complete information itself. The focus of the information is on the information on the author-location relationship: who has when and where did you live, which works were written locally, which relationships were established with other authors on site? All information is supported by references to literature. The bibliography is divided into a reference to the person, which refers to further information (entry in the German Literature Lexicon or in Killys Literature Lexicon as the most detailed reference work on German-speaking writers), and in bibliographical references that address the special aspect of the author-place relationship on the subject have, including biographies and autobiographies.

Every day an “Author of the Day” is selected from the entire author lexicon and can be found on the homepage on his birthday.

Literary tours

The "Literatouren" were added in 2008 as a new category. They are literary walks by well-known Berlin and Brandenburg authors through their hometown and region. Each author writes a literary text in which he traces a stroll through his favorite corners; this is accompanied by atmospheric photos and an audio version of the tours, as well as a map to follow the walk. So far there have been literary tours by Thilo Bock , Bas Böttcher , Günter de Bruyn , Tanja Dückers , Ulrike Draesner , Julia Franck , Andreas Gläser , Judith Hermann , Jürgen Israel , Matthias Körner , Katja Lange-Müller , Kristof Magnusson , Veronika Peters and Christoph Peters , Tilman Rammstedt , Wolfgang Schlueter , Ingo Schulze , Lutz Seiler and Elke Schmitter .

On the occasion of the European Capital of Culture 2010, the series was expanded to include “Literature Tours in the Ruhr Area”. The authors are Jürgen Brôcan , Wolfgang Cziesla , Fritz Eckenga , Bettina Gundermann , Dieter Jandt, Barbara Köhler , Judith Kuckart , Ulrich Land, Ralf Thenior , Wolfgang Welt, Sebastian23 and - posthumously - Nicolas Born .

Audio samples

The "audio samples" section includes audio samples of current German-language works that can be listened to and downloaded free of charge from the Internet. The individual audio samples are usually ten minutes to half an hour long. These are primarily excerpts from new publications, but also the nominations for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize or the long list of the German Book Prize. Overall, you will find a large number of works of all genres, some complete texts by well-known authors, which have not been published as audio samples anywhere else. The list of titles is constantly updated. About a third of the audio samples were read in by the authors themselves. It has been shown that the “audio samples” of the literature port can be a particularly useful tool for translators and language teachers, just as they can give interested readers of contemporary German literature a first impression of new books.

Awards and grants

The "Awards / Grants" section is aimed directly at authors and translators. All important literary tenders from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are listed here in chronological order. With more than 450 entries you will find the most extensive compilation of tender dates in the German-speaking area.

Regional Berlin / Brandenburg

Finally, the “literary landscape” and “events” sections deal exclusively with the Berlin / Brandenburg region. In the “literary landscape” there is a detailed listing of all regional literary institutions such as museums , libraries , literary houses and foundations . The “Events” section offers a selection of recommended literary events in the region.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Laureate Grimme Online Award 2008: Literature Port ( Memento of the original from June 13, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Query date: November 30, 2015. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. FAQ of the author's dictionary .