The Storyteller: Global Bookseller Campaign

The Storyteller by Pierre Jarawan, publishing on April 2, is our much-anticipated lead title for the Spring 2019 season.

The Storyteller is to Lebanon what Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is to Afghanistan.

Samir leaves the safety and comfort of his family’s adopted home in Germany for volatile Beirut in an attempt to find his missing father. His only clues are an old photo and the bedtime stories his father used to tell him. The Storyteller follows Samir’s search for Brahim, the father whose heart was always yearning for his homeland, Lebanon. In this moving and gripping novel about family secrets, love, and friendship, Pierre Jarawan does for Lebanon what Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan. He pulls away the curtain of grim facts and figures to reveal the intimate story of an exiled family torn apart by civil war and guilt. In this rich and skilful account, Jarawan proves that he too is a masterful storyteller.

Pierre Jarawan was born in 1985 to a Lebanese father and a German mother and moved to Germany with his family at the age of three. Inspired by his father’s imaginative bedtime stories, he started writing at the age of thirteen. He has won international prizes as a slam poet, and in 2016 was named Literature Star of the Year by the daily newspaper Abendzeitung. Jarawan received a literary scholarship from the City of Munich (the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis) for The Storyteller, which went on to become a bestseller and booksellers’ favorite in Germany and the Netherlands.

To celebrate the publication of this exciting novel, booksellers around the world are participating in our global quote campaign. The book has received praise from over 100 booksellers in over 30 countries including the US, China, Turkey, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark.

Pierre will be a headliner at the Festival Neue Literatur, hosted by the Frankfurt Book Fair in New York in late March, and will be touring the US and Canada for six weeks afterwards.

To read all of our bookseller quotes and to follow Pierre’s tour, please click here. Pierre’s tour dates are also listed on our Events page.