Making Tracks

A round-up of literary events in Zürich and beyond this Autumn.
Compiled by Jim Rushing


Zürich | Bürkliplatz boat station
Next Sunday meet-ups: 23 September, 21 October, 18 November, and 16 December | 13:15
Writers on Board meets one Sunday a month to take the 13:30 round-trip ferry to Rapperswil (return into Zürich: 17:25).
For more information about the program, contact [email protected]

Zümikon, ZH | dates and location TBC
Writing from the Soul creative writing workshops are run by Amy Aves Challenger throughout the year.

Zürich | Kaufleuten, Literaturhaus, Kosmos
All offer a full program of readings and cultural events (see below for a select few).

Mslexia lists literary competitions with closing dates—good luck!



Special Woolf note: Registration for WriteCon 2018 opens on 10 September 2018 (see NOVEMBER events, below)

Rigi Kaltbad | Various Locations
1 and 2 September 2018 | see program for schedule
Literature Days: Celebrating Mt. Rigi’s literary history

Zürich | Kosmos
5 September 2018 | 20:00
Reading by Milena Moser, from her book Land der Söhne (in German, launch)

Zürich | Kaufleuten
13 September 2018 | 20:00
Reading by Jennifer Egan, from her book Manhattan Beach

Zürich | Landesmuseum
15 September 2018 | 20:15
Showing of Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Zürich | Literaturhaus
27 September 2018 | 19:30
Readings of Zadie Smith essays in translation (in German)

Zürich | Various locations
27 September-7 October 2018 | see program
14th Zurich Film Festival with premieres, screenings and master classes (program released on 13 September 2017)

Zürich | Kosmos
30 September 2018 | 10:00-12:00
Woolf Writers’ Brunch. No fee, pay as you go. Pre-selection brunch menu. Book via our Eventbrite page:



Zürich | Literaturhaus
3 October 2018 | 19:30
Reading by Bae Suah, Literaturhaus Writer in Residence (in German)

Zürich | Kaufleuten
9 October 2018 | 20:00
Reading by David Sedaris, from his book Calypso

Zürich | Kaufleuten
15 October 2018 | 20:00
Reading by Meg Wolitzer, from her book The Female Persuasion

Annecy (France) | 19-21 October 2018
Weekend writing retreat with author Debra Moffitt (special early-bird rate before 15 September)

20 October 2018 | Midnight PST
Eyelands International Book Awards (Poetry, Short Stories, Novellas, Novels)

Zürich & Winterthur | locations TBC
24-28 October 2018 | see program
‘Zürich liest’ literary festival (program released on 4 September 2018)

Zürich | Literaturhaus
26 October 2018 | 20:00
Readings by the finalists of the 2018 Swiss Book Prize (in German)



 Zürich | Kaufleuten
5 November 2018 | 20:00
Reading by Richard Powers, from his book The Roots of Life

Zürich | AWCZ
10 November 2018 (registration opens 10 September 2018)
WriteCon18 writers’ workshops with Alison Baverstock (publisher, trainer and writer on all aspects of publishing; and Associate Professor of Publishing at Kingston University) and Louise O’Neill (author of Only Ever Yours, 2016 winner of The Bookseller’s YA Prize, as well as best-seller Asking for It, adult novel Almost Love and The Surface Breaks, a retelling of “The Little Mermaid”)


Thalwil | Gemeinde Bibliothek
Monday, November 19 | 14:00
Kulturmam’s English Storytime is a free, monthly story corner geared towards the pre-school set (ages 3-5). Each month we’ll explore a theme, with little reading, a little singing, and maybe even a little wiggling around.
Information: [email protected]


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Author: J.J. Marsh

Writer of The Beatrice Stubbs series, founder member of Triskele Books, columnist for Words with JAM magazine, co-curator of The Woolf magazine, Bookmuse reviewer, blogger and Tweeter. @JJMarsh1

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  1. Thank you for this list. It is very helpful to have the info all in one place.

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