Events 2009

October 2009

14.10.2009 -  Frankfurt Book Fair - Literaturcafé Podcast

Interview with Anli at the BoD booth Hall 3.0 Booth D161

June 2009

 5.06.2009       Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa - 6 pm

Anli will participate in a panel  discussion on Culture Shock

Text from the Goethe Institute Brochure

"I´ll never stop missing Mrs Balls´chutney or peppermint crisp chocolates, but I can get just as excited about Italian cuisine or films (…) or the thought of my mother-in-law´s home-made pretzels and  Obazta wating for me when we travel to Bavaria".

South African journalist Anli Serfontein grew up in Johannesburg and  has lived in Germany for more than 10 years. Last year she released her first book “From Rock to Kraut”. Therein she reflects her observations – in a subjective, but humorous and entertaining manner – and writes about her experiences in the rather small and tranquil city of Trier. By now a second edition of the book has been released for the German market, with the title “Basteln, Wandern und Putzen” (“Crafting, Hiking and Cleaning”) and has been selected by Vito von Eichborn as book of the month for the Edition BoD (Books on Demand) in August 2008.

Various emigrants - South Africans living in Germany and Germans living in South Africa - discuss cross-cultural images and stereotypes, the phenomenon of culture shock and different self-perceptions and those of the other.

In cooperation with WITS  School of Social Sciences

In English.

May 2009

26.5.2009      19h30 University Bookshop Stephanus.
Im Treff 23, Tarforst, Trier

Reading with South African wine-presentation.

Entry:  € 7.50
Students: € 5.00

Südafrikanisches Temperament trifft Trierer Kleinstadtidylle: Autorin Anli Serfontein liest aus ihrer Neuerscheinung „Basteln, Wandern and Putzen“

Press Link

April 2009

 20-22.4.2009 - London Book Fair

From Rock to Kraut was on display at the Foreword Magazine stand W511. Contact: Victoria Sutherland

From Rock to Kraut bottom right at the London Book Fair

March 2009

12.3.2009 - 15.3.2009 - Leipzig Book Fair

Basteln, Wandern and Putzen was on display at the BoD Stand in Hall 3.

January 2009

15.1.2009 - University of Trier, Africa Lecturers Series

14h00 - University of Trier. Anli will introduce her book.

Events 2008


9th December - 19h30 reading at Buchhandlung Stephanus, Trier.

(Cancelled because of heavy snowfalls)

Im Treff 23
54296 Trier
Entrance fee: € 5,-


7th November - 19h30 reading at English Books, Heidelberg.

English Books
Plöck 93
69117 Heidelberg


TV - SWR RP Landesschau - 28 October - 18h45

Anli was a live guest in the Regional Television News Magazine.

Tuesday the 28th of October  at 18h45 in SWR Rheinland Pfalz - Landesschau

Radio - SWR 1 and SWR 4 Trier - Interview - 28 October

Frankfurt Book Fair - the world's biggest Book Fair

Both editions were on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair 15-19 October.

From Rock to Kraut at the stand of Foreword Magazine -Hall 8.0 S994

Basteln, Wandern and Putzen at the Edition BoD stand - Hall 3.0 D161

From Rock to Kraut was in the independent press section, of

The New York Review of Books, Frankfurt Fair Edition.


Selected as Vito von Eichborn's Book of the Month and printed in a new edition as "Basteln, Wandern and Putzen: From South Africa to Trier - living among the Krauts".


From Rock to Kraut was on display at the Leipzig Book Fair at the BoD booth.

Anli at the Leipzig Book Fair March 2008