Jenny Erpenbeck, Ahmad Danny Ramadan


Moderator: Genni Gunn

Event Number: 30
Tickets: $20.00


Jenny Erpenbeck, Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Wednesday, October 18
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St.,
3rd Floor

Every refugee has a story to tell—why they left, the journey they’ve made, what they left behind, the uncertain future they face. Jenny Erpenbeck, a German writer hailed as “one of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation,” enters the refugee story through a retired Berlin professor whose curiosity turns to compassion as he befriends African refugees forced to be idle while bureaucracy grinds along. Ahmad Danny Ramadan, a Syrian refugee himself now living in Vancouver, focuses in his novel on what gets left behind, a story of two lovers forced to leave a dying Syria, but anchored to memories of childhoods in Damascus, cruelty endured, leaving home and war. Take a look behind the headlines to the lives of millions worldwide who have been uprooted.

Event Participants:

Jenny Erpenbeck


Before becoming a writer, Jenny Erpenbeck has trained as a bookbinder and worked as a wardrobe supervisor and director at an opera house. Her diverse artistic background has made Erpenbeck a unique voice who has been called, “one of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation” by The Millions. Erpenbeck’s Go, Went, Gone is a critical and thoughtful novel about the the European refugee crisis and one man’s attempts to understand the immigrant experience.

Jenny Erpenbeck’s appearance is made possible by the Goethe-Institut.

Ahmad Danny Ramadan

British Columbia

Ahmad Danny Ramadan has written two collections of short stories in Arabic and his articles have been published in The Washington Post, The Guardian and Foreign Policy. His personal experiences as a Syrian refugee and his work with organizations in the Middle East inspired his passion for democracy, social justice and LGBTQ rights. He is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator of QMUNITY, a Queer Resource Centre, and was the Grand Marshal for Vancouver’s Gay Pride Parade 2016. The Clothesline Swing, his first English novel, follows two male lovers during the aftermath of the Arab Spring.


*Note: Programming details have changed since the Festival Program Guide was printed. Ahmad Danny Ramadan is no longer appearing in “Who I Am.”*