Notes from the Field: Dan Stevens Is a Happy Reader

Audible Favourite Dan Stevens Is a Happy Reader

20111017_599-793px  I spent this frozen Saturday obsessing over magazines in Do You Read Me?, a stunning bookshop filled with coffee-table books, cookbooks and magazines in Berlin’s Mitte. I flipped through Lodestar‘s England issue, Granta’s new India issue and Canada’s Brick journal (featuring new work by Louise Erdrich and an extract from Ben Lerner’s bestselling 10:04!), but ended up taking home The Happy Reader, a new magazine from Penguin and Fantastic Man. This beautiful mag celebrates the luxury of being offline and a love of books. The first half features a long interview by Best Young British Novelist Naomi Alderman with book lover and actor Dan Stevens, currently of the wild and creepy film The Guest, a former Booker judge and of course, known for strolling the halls of Downton Abbey. Audible listeners will also know him for his excellent recordings of Wolf HallFrankensteinCasino Royale and more. The second part takes a deep, quirky look at the Victorian classic The Woman in White through a fashion spread, a walking tour, and short essays on food and more. You can subscribe here for the cost of postage.

New Sounds and Words From Scandinavia

10920950_753216018095372_6182692463835984649_nRecently Music & Literature has been on the road launching their fifth issue. Each launch has been a sort of live edition of the magazine, which spotlights underrepresented artists from around the world. On 24 January in Berlin, we gathered at the Nordic Embassies with the editor of the Norwegian arts mag Vagant to celebrate the life and work of Norwegian writer Stig Sæterbakken, and Chinese author Can Xue. The readings and heart-felt speeches about the featured authors were strung together with the avant-garde sounds of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, whose music played with the edges of the possibility of the sound of a cello and a flute.

Rosegarden Wants You

rose_linksRosegarden, the Berlin-based online arts, culture and lifestyle magazine is making its way into print and want to see more contributions in English. To get a sense of what they cover, check out this Book Lover interview Audible did with co-founder Mario Münster. On 22 January the contributors of Rosegarden magazine gathered to toast the magazine’s new era inside The Wine’s showroom. Glasses were filled with Riesling from Hessen, where Mario grew up, and German craft beer. The underground supper club Daniel’s Eatery provided feta-filled brioche and summer rolls filled with truffled mushrooms, among other delicacies. Their first print issue is themed “Home” and will be published in Spring 2015. To get in touch about writing for Rosegarden, email redaktion(at)rosegarden-mag.de.

This post was originally published on Audibleblog.co.uk.

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