Swiss author Monica Cantieni invited at the Singapore Writers Festival 2015

Sunday, 01.11.2015 – Sunday, 01.11.2015

Cultural event

Swiss author Monica Cantieni


The Embassy of Switzerland is proud to welcome Swiss author Monica Cantieni to Singapore.


Cantieni will be presenting her debut novel at the Singapore Writers Festival 2015, “The Encyclopaedia of Good Reasons”, translated in English and published by Seagull Books. In 2011, Cantieni won the Swiss Book Awards for this novel published under the original German title “Grünschnabel”. Set in the time of the crucial 1970 Swiss referendum on immigration, Monica Cantieni introduces us to a host of colorful characters who struggle to make Switzerland their home. This is a book with a very warm heart, and rarely has a young girl’s narrative been at once so uproariously hilarious and so deeply moving. Cantieni will also present her novel at the Jakarta Biennale 2015 and at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali, Indonesia.


Monica Cantieni was born in 1965 in Thalwil, Switzerland, she lives in Wettingen (Switzerland) and Vienna. She works for Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) and has received various literary grants and scholarships for her short stories.


Location: Singapore Writers Festival