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Friederike Schilbach


Position: Editorial Director Fiction

Website: Aufbau Verlage

Location: Berlin, Germany

Main areas of interest:

  • Literary fiction
  • Memoir
  • Narrative non-fiction

Friederike is the Editorial Director of Fiction at Aufbau. She joined the house in 2019. A graduate of Comparative Literature in Paris and Berlin, she began her publishing career at Berlin Verlag in 2010, followed by a position as Editor for International Fiction at S. Fischer where she worked with writers such as Khaled Hosseini, Alice Munro, Elif Batuman, Leanne Shapton and Pam Zhang.

Aufbau is an independent house based in Berlin and publishes about 40 titles a year. They specialise in international and German literature and publish writers such as Sigrid Nunez, Han Kang, and classics by Brigitte Reimann and Hans Fallada.

Friederike has worked with prize-winning and bestselling authors such as Édouard Louis, Tove Ditlevsen, Megan Nolan and Asako Yuzuki. She loves discovering fresh new voices, redefining what a story can be.

On the side Friederike has also worked as a translator whose published translations include Kristen Roupenian’s story collection Cat Person.

Which books do you wish you had published?

Assembly by Natasha Brown; Cold Enough For Snow by Jessica Au; The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.

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