And so, to the final piece of #germanlitmonth for 2014.

I suspect GLM IV will go down in the annals of GLM history.  It was truly extraordinary.  The evidence is here for all to see and enjoy.  I’m sure it lived up to and surpassed the expectations of the reader who wrote these lovely words of appreciation to Caroline and me at the beginning of the month.

Although I’m not a blogger and can’t participate, I look forward to reading absolutely each and every post for the German Literature Month. Being a retired professor of contemporary European literature, I’m concerned that these books that were so much a part of my teaching career and reading life would eventually be forgotten. Nice to know that you all are keeping many of my authors “current.” How I enjoy reading participants’ books choices and reviews !! And the mixture of current, contemporary and historical is terrific.

And before I forget, German Literature Month was also name-checked in the autumn edition of In Other Words, the journal of  The British Centre of Literary Translation.

Then there was the after-party hosted by Mel U at The Reading Life .. And what an extravaganza that has been.  Are you still standing? 

Regretfully though, it’s time to open that last magnum to celebrate the prize-winners.  Moet would be nice but the final bubbles have been produced by a resourceful heroine of Grimm extraction with a successful second career as a vintner. Red Riding Hood is more than a pretty face and a bright cape.

Glasses to the ready. 

Caroline has already announced that Thomas of Mytwostotinki wins best post with his magnificent entry on Oostende 1936, Sommer der Freundschaft.  It is now my pleasure to announce the winner of the pick and mix.  A number of participants clocked up points in double digits.  The clear winner, though, with more than 30 qualifying posts, is none other than the host of our GLM finale party.  Ladies and gentlemen, please toast our host, Mel U!

(Your prizes from Oxford University Press will be with you as soon as they can tear themselves away from the Venus in furs party ….).