Rushing to Berlin

View of Heidelberg’s most famous bridge

By Lev Raphael

On my first German book tour, I was so excited to be going that I didn't think through the connections or the times involved, I just said yes to all the arrangements.  I didn't review flight or train schedules closely.  

Writer friends had told me that their best experiences on tour had been in Germany because that country had a rich and vibrant book culture and writers were considered artists.  "You'll be amazed at how well people treat you" was the consensus.

So I plunged into packing and studying guidebooks and brushing up on my German without thinking about what the...

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