Upcoming Events

18 October 2023 • 10:20
“Future Fairy Tales”
School reading in English in the Christophorus Schule
21 November 2023 • 12:15
Poetics Lecture
Poetics lecture for education students.
Halle (Saale)
21 November 2023 • 16:00
Creative Writing Workshop
Creative writing and art workshop for elementary school students in the group “Schreibspielwiese“ (Arbeitsgemeinschaft schreibender Grundschüler); Workshop in Haus 31, Franckesche Stiftungen, Franckeplatz 1
Halle (Saale)
22 November 2023 • 10:00
Reading from “Future Fairy Tales”
School reading in German
Halle (Saale)
20 December 2023 • 09:00
Readings from Everlasting and Future Fairy Tales
two German-language readings and one English-language reading in the Montessori-Oberschule Potsdam.
31 December 2023 • 07:00
Radio Play: Stella Menzel and the Golden Thread
Radio play in German based on the novel “Stella Menzel and the Golden Thread” by HJR with Theresa Zertani, Leslie Malton and HJR and others, Directed by Leonhard Koppelmann
NDR Kultur
21 March 2024 • 09:45
Everlasting/Infinitissimo Bilingual Reading
closed school reading from Everlasting/Infinitissimo at Goethe Gymnasium Steglitz
23 April 2024 • 10:00
Readings from Future Fairy Tales
English-language school readings in der Zentralbibliothek Wall-Saal
23 April 2024 • 19:00
Reading from Future Fairy Tales
public English-language reading in the Bibliothek Vegesack
24 April 2024 • 10:00
Readings with Future Fairy Tales
English-language school readings in the Bücherei Vahr, Berliner Freiheit
2 July 2024 • 17:30
Reading — Future Fairy Tales
Outdoor German-language public reading, free entrance; Mittelpunktbibliothek, Theodore-Heuss-Bibliothek, Hauptstraße 40, 10827


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 brilliant fantasy frame story.”

The list also functions as the nomination list for the Landshuter Teen Book Prize. Beginning in January school classes, grades 7-10, have the opportunity to read these books in class and then rate them. In the fall, the winners will be announced at a gala reception sponsored by the mayor’s office. Wish me luck!

“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.