Herzlich willkommen! I can’t tell you how excited I am that German Literature Month is returning for its second year. Mark the month in your calendar and join Caroline and me as we indulge in and hopefully pass on our passion for all things German lit.

We structured last year’s extravaganza geographically. This year we are structuring the month around genres and literary formats.

Week 1 (November 1-7) Novellas, plays and poems
Week 2 (November 8-14) Literary Novels
Week 3 (November 15-21) Genre Fiction – Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Week 4 (November 22-30) Read as you please

We chose that sequence so that Judith’s previously announced Bernhard Schlink Week (November 11-17) would span both literary novels and genre week. So if you read something by Schlink this month, you can partake in two blogging events for the price of one. Cunning, don’t you think?

2012 is also the bi-centennial of the birth of the Brothers Grimm. We can’t let it pass without a Brothers Grimm Readathon. So we’ve put that in the calendar from 22-26 November.

Caroline’s War and Literature Readalong of Gert Ledig’s The Stalin Front will bring the month to a close on the 30th.

It should be a stimulating month with lots to read and discuss. Please join us.

Looking for inspiration? Why don’t you browse through last year’s magnificent discussion … You never know what you’ll be inspired to pick up.