Novelist Donna Leon has captured the imagination of readers across the globe with her Venice crime novels. She's one of many distinguished guests at the festival. Other guests at the annual event include Wolf Biermann and Arundhati Roy.
Described as the "conscience of India" in Time's 2014 list of 100 most influential people, author Arundhati Roy has a voice that counts. Speaking in Berlin, she introduced her long-awaited second work of fiction.
The Turkish author told audiences in Berlin that she's one of a growing number of "depressed" writers from countries with weak democracies. But she also came with a message of hope and change.
Turkish author Elif Safak blames President Erdogan for transforming Turkey into an authoritarian country. She tells DW that western writers must do more to support Turkish civil society.
Edward Snowden called on a Berlin audience via livestream to stand up and act on their freedoms – without asking permission. He also hinted at a new encryption technology he's co-developing to circumvent surveillance.
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