BuchBasel (Basel Book Fair)

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For three days in November, the book world in Basel is turned upside down. At the BuchBasel international literature festival, over 70 events take place every year with over 100 regional, national, and international guests and around 6,000 visitors. The literature festival enables direct exchange and spontaneous encounters between everyone who shares a passion for literature. But the focus is not just on literature: discussion formats, music, and performative or interdisciplinary events also find their place at the festival. The festival will culminate with the award of the Schweizer Buchpreis (Swiss Book Award) on Sunday.
This 2023 edition will bring literature to life with a variety of events that include the Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, the bestselling author Daniel Kehlmann, the Peace Prize winners Carolin Emcke and Navid Kermani, and the thriller star Sebastian Fitzek. There will once again be particular attention on digital literature and the question of what digital literature actually is. With this year’s topic focus “I – You – We“, you will be able to explore how, in the face of pressing challenges such as climate change, we can move from an “I” and a “you” to a multi-voiced, powerful “we” while recognizing our differences and inequalities.
You will find international greats and new discoveries in the program, as well as books on current socio-political and philosophical topics. There is something for all lovers of literature; check the website for a full program of events, times, and locations at https://www.buchbasel.ch/de/programm/. There will also be programs and activities specifically for children. This year’s Swiss Book Award will be handed out at Theater Basel on Sunday from 11:00-12:00 (entrance is free).
Tickets for individual events are CHF 20 (CHF 15 for students), but you can also buy day passes for CHF 35/25 (Friday and Sunday) or CHF 100/75 (Saturday), as well as 3-day festival passes for CHF 150/110 online or at Bider & Tanner, as well as on the day at the Volkshaus Basel. All events are free for youths under age 18, and reductions apply to holders of the Colourkey, KulturLegi, Bider & Tanner Card.


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