Poetry and Poetics: 13,33% True – Fact, Fiction and Autobiography

When I was asked to give a poetics lecture on November 21, 2023, in Halle, Germany, at the Martin-Luther-University, I knew immediately what I would be talking about. You can read my lecture here – in German. Behind this link you’ll find all the Poetry & Poetics lectures held in recent years at the Faculty …

100th Anniversary of Radio in Germany

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of radio in Germany I (and other radio personalities) are being interviewed (in German!) by rbbkultur. Just click here – and enjoy!

A Fairytale Video

The Landshut State Library’s Youth Reading Club produced a fabulous video presenting my book Future Fairy Tales, their German Children’s Literature Award nominee for the Best Teen Read (Preis der Jugendjury) 2023. Take a look!


Incredible, but true! Future Fairy Tales (Rotfuchs/Rowohlt Verlag) was nominated by the Youth Jury for the German Youth Literature Prize, the most prestigious award in Germany for children’s and teen reads, akin to the Newbery and Caldecott Medals in the US. I am both thrilled and grateful. What a gift! What an honor!

Best in Landshut!

Thrilled to be on the Best List 2022 – Auserlesen – from the Youth Jury Landshut with my book Future Fairy Tales. “It’s a collection of stories that shows that fairy tales and the subjects they deal with have lost none of their relevance,” writes the youth jury, summing it up with: “Futuristic fairy tales embedded in a …

“Wallflower” in Italiano!

Autumn 2022. So excited! Thirteen years after its first publication my all-age novella “Wallflower” has been translated into Italian. TROVARSI A BERLINO has hit the bookstores! Fantastico! More about the book here.

It’s in the Bookstores!

I’m so excited: my new book, Once upon a Future – Tales from a Distant World, is waiting for you in all good bookshops in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and even Luxembourg! And the first reviews are in too. The bloggers are definitely in agreement: “The author has created a masterpiece with this book!”“The anthology’s variety …

Stella Menzel Speaks Mandarin

Stella Menzel and the Golden Thread (English working title) was published in China this summer. So thrilled that young readers in China will get to know Stella’s Russian-German-American family and their lives in St. Petersburg, New York and Berlin. More about the book here.

Berlinale, Here We Come!

So excited that my Rowohlt Verlag novel Das Rätsel von Ainsley Castle was chosen as one of ten novels to be presented in March with “Books at Berlinale,” an event sponsored by the Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival with the Frankfurt Book Fair. It offers publishers and agents the chance to pitch their books to internationally established …

Grand Prize for Radio Drama!

I’m thrilled to be this year’s recipient of the German Children’s Radio Drama Award for “Stella Menzel and the Golden Thread” (rbb/NDR) with many thanks to the award’s sponsors, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and the ARD Radio network. The photo shows us in the rbb-studio in July 2019 during a break. We see Theresa Zertani …

Two Indian Summer Surprises!

I am thrilled to report that my novel “The Mystery of Ainsley Castle” has been awarded two more book awards this fall: the LEKTORIX, awarded by the Austrian weekly magazine “Die Furche,” the Institut für Jugendkultur and the STUBE-Vienna. Equally wonderful: “The Mystery of Ainsley Castle” was named Children’s Book-of-the-Month October by the German Academy …

The 7 Best Books

My novel DAS RÄTSEL VON AINSLEY CASTLE (The Mystery of Ainsley Castle, working title) was just named by Deutschlandfunk and Focus Magazin one of the “7 Best Books for Young Readers” for the month July 2020!