What literary projects are you working on currently?
I am working on a few projects at the moment, not all of them literary. However, my main priority is to complete work on my second novel. This will also be written in German, but one of the figures is an African American GI who moved to Germany just after World War II.
Tell us more about the reading and discussion occurring on March 21.
I’m grateful to Prof. Dennis Johannßen for inviting me to be the Max Kade Writer-in-Residence this year and for organizing everything, in particular the reading and discussion taking place on Tuesday. I know both Prof. David Gramling and Prof. Priscilla Layne personally—they are wonderful—so it promises to be a lively discussion. The event will begin with me talking a little bit about the novel Ada’s Room and reading two extracts from it. (I will read in German, and the English translation will be projected on the screen as a presentation.) Then there will be a discussion about various themes, including the significance of writing creative fiction in a language that is not my first language.
What is your favorite building on campus and why?
Unfortunately, I must admit, I am not familiar with many of the buildings, having only visited a few so far. I wouldn’t be able to say which one my favorite building is, but I have spent the most time in the Pardee Building. I also briefly visited the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, where my event will be held. I found the library beautiful and plan to go back to have a closer look.
Are you teaching any classes as a guest lecturer?
Yes, as a visiting scholar I participate in the class GERM 423: Activism in the German-Speaking World. We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, and discuss various literary and essayistic texts which I have chosen, to explore the theme “The Art of Silence.” It’s been fascinating to discuss various forms of silence in activism and in art with the students.
What has been your favorite experience so far living within the Lafayette community?
I am staying in Easton with my 10-year-old son; he goes to March Elementary School. Definitely his favorite experience has been traveling to school on the yellow bus every day! Again, it’s hard for me to choose a favorite experience, but my most memorable so far is the Escape Room at Bethlehem. We unfortunately did not make it out of “The Pirate’s Chamber” within the time limit. This meant we had to walk the plank, so actually, I am a ghost!