Events | Literature at its Best: A Night with Michael Silverblatt and Denis Scheck

Los Angeles | January 9, 2014 | 7:30 PM

If you have ever heard the intense, smart and intimate conversations between Michael Silverblatt and authors who are his guests at KCRW, you will never forget this experience. Equally unforgettable is the experience of listening to Denis Scheck and his sharp and charming analyses of books at public radio and television in Germany. Both Scheck and Silverblatt sharpen the awareness of both books and its writers and the world they refer to.

Villa Aurora will host these two giants of literary criticism from both sides of the Atlantic. They will discuss books from both here and there of the last 50 years of literary production. Villa Aurora would like to commemorate the intellectual tradition and the exiled community, people like Thomas and Heinrich Mann and Bertolt Brecht who met at the Villa Aurora, former home of Marta and Lion Feuchtwanger.

Michael Silverblatt is the host of the nationally syndicated radio interview program Bookworm on KCRW. He was born in 1952 in Queens, New York and moved to Los Angeles in 1980. In 1988 he was invited to host a literary program on KCRW. That's how he started Bookworm, a weekly radio program where Michael is in conversation with renowned authors about their work. There is hardly an internationally published author who is not to be found on his guest list. Michael Silverblatt is described as the man authors go to when they would like to have a serious literary conversation about their writing.

Denis Scheck, born 1964 in Baden-Württemberg, Germany has been a literary agent, translator of American and British authors, publisher and independent critic. He is widely known for his presentation of Druckfrisch, a literary program on public television in Germany. He has been awarded with various prizes and has been a juror at the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt. In 1997, he was appointed literary editor at Deutschlandfunk, a public radio program. No other person is as highly appreciated as a literary critic in Germany and is similarly polarizing with his eloquence.


The event is free of charge,
however RSVP is required by Tuesday, January 7th at: 310-454-4231 or

Location: Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Los Angeles, CA 90272
Street Parking is available on Los Liones Drive. Shuttle service starts at 6:30 p.m. from Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Boulevard two blocks North East of Pacific Coast Highway. Please do not park on the Topanga State Park Lot!


Image of Denis Scheck (c) Jann Wilken
Image of Michael Silverblatt (c) KCRW

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