In May of 2016 our ASC in Germany group met with activist and writer Sharon Otoo in Berlin, Germany, and was let in on a secret: Sharon Otoo told us that she had been nominated to participate in the competition for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, likely the most prestigious award for contemporary German-language fiction. We were not allowed to tell anyone yet, but we joked around that she had to visit Agnes Scott College should she win.
She told us in May and the literary competition event happened in July. Yes, you read that correctly, you don’t just win the award for a piece of writing that you submit to an anonymous jury, you have to read your text in front of TV cameras and a live audience. (Click here and scroll down to see and hear Sharon read.)
Sharon did indeed win for her text “Mr. Gröttrup sits down,” a short story about the Nazi Rocket engineer Gröttrup who went on to work for the Soviets and later invented the chip card. And she will come to visit Agnes Scott from November 9-11, 2016. Sharon will not only read from her texts but also share her perspective on social activism, her experiences as a Black woman in contemporary Germany, and the role of creative writing in all of this.
Please check the poster for details, we hope to see you there.
German students can watch this interview (starting at 4:08 mins.):