Guest Author Spotlight

Thomas Meinecke

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Raised in Hamburg, Meinecke began to study Theatre Studies, Modern German Literature and Communication Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.  In 1978, he founded the literary magazine Mode & Verzweiflung (Fashion and Despair) and in 1980, the band Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (Voluntary Self-Control), which is active with nearly the same line-up today. In the 1980s, Meinecke wrote temporarily for Die Zeit and other papers/magazines. Since the mid-1990s, his postmodern literary interests have emerged by combining “sampling” with creative writing.  Since 2008, Meinecke hosts under the title Plattenspieler (record player) at the Berlin theater Hebbel am Ufer (HAU).  Meinecke sits with a different guests for a night on stage and both parties play each others’ music.  His novels include: The Church of John F. Kennedy; Tomboy; Hellblau (Pale Blue); Musik; Jungfrau; and Lookalikes.  His awards include: 1997: Award for Heimito von Doderer Literature Prize; 1997: Rheingau Literature Prize; 1998 Kranichsteiner Literature Prize; 2003: Düsseldorf Literature Prize;  2004: Tukan Prize of Munich; and 2008: Karl Sczuka Prize for radio play as radio art together with David Moufang for translations / translation.