Crossing Borders

The Border Crossers Program is Celebrating its Tenth Birthday

The results speak for themselves: since 2003, about 230 authors have received a Border Crossers grant and have subsequently published 110 works, either as books, films, or radio shows. Each year over 80 Border Crossers events are held both in Germany and abroad. Border Crossers have, among other awards, received the German Book Prize, the Swiss Book Prize and the Swiss Film Award, the Leipzig Book Fair Award, the international Architectural Book Award, the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding, the Jean-Paul-Preis, the Adolf-Grimme-Preis, and even the Nobel Prize in Literature. Congratulation to the Border Crossers for all their successful projects!

On the tenth birthday of the Border Crossers program, the event series "Literature in the FS32," with writing duo Christian Schünemann and Jelena Volić, kicked off in Berlin. The two authors traveled on a Border Crossers grant to Serbia for their thriller Kornblumenblau (cornflower blue) which takes place in Belgrade. The pair spoke with literature critic Jörg Magenau about their trip and their novel’s development.

In Berlin, Kurt Liedtke, chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Trustees, said he was "very proud of ‘our’ Border Crossers, and that includes all of them, whether they receive a renowned international award, sell numerous copies, or not." Program partner Ulli Janetzki from the Literary Colloquium Berlin (LCB) emphasized that "Border Crossers significantly enrich the work carried out by the LCB and have expanded our horizons. Without the program, our work would only be half as fun!" Ekkehard Skoruppa (SWR) congratulated the group on behalf of the jury, saying that to him, "Border Crossers is an exciting adventure - you become familiar with numerous new things and learn to see the forest for the trees."

Audio clip: Speech by jury member Ekkehard Skoruppa (SWR):

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Photos: Tobias Bohm
Border Crosser Christian Schünemann
Writing duo Christian Schünemann and Jelena Volić spoke with literature critic Jörg Magenau (left)
Border Crosser Jelena Volić
Birthday cake
Kurt W. Liedtke, chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Trustees
Program partner Ulli Janetzki from the Literary Colloquium Berlin (LCB)
Jury member Ekkehard Skoruppa, Südwestrundfunk (SWR)

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