With the founding of the Regensburger kreativForum in December 2014, an exciting process began for the city's 12 cultural and creative sectors - especially for the book industry. Numerous cross-sector initiatives have emerged from this. One of them is "Regensburg reads a book" (Regensburg liest ein Buch). The initiating team has founded a non-profit association as part of the organisation: REGENSBURG LIEST e. V. is dedicated to promoting reading and organises events on the subject of books.
Carola Kupfer, born in 1964, studied art history, archaeology and romance studies and has been working as an author, ghostwriter, texter and communication trainer for companies and publishing houses for around 25 years. She also realises novel projects with schools throughout Germany. Born in Hamburg, she began her writing career with successful co-authored guidebooks. Since 2007, she has preferred to deal with historical topics; the focus is on the late 18th century. In addition, she has published numerous articles in various anthologies. Carola Kupfer lives in Regensburg, is a member of the German Writers' Association and is particularly involved in exchanges with her West Bohemian colleagues in Pilsen. She is chairwoman of the association Forum Kreativwirtschaft and is actively involved in building a cluster for the creative industries in Regensburg.
Elisabeth Mair-Gummermann is a librarian born and raised in Freising. She studied librarianship in Stuttgart. As a certified librarian, she has worked in many areas at the public library over the years: Head of a district library, editor e.g. for fiction or as the person responsible for public relations. From 2008 to January 2018, she was head of the Regensburg public library. Professionally, she was also involved as deputy spokesperson of the Regensburg Library Association, as a member of the library advisory board of a large library service provider and repeatedly with publications in professional journals. Elisabeth Mair-Gummermann is the mother of two grown-up children; in her "life alongside professional life" any kind of exercise is important to her and she still takes pleasure in diving into a new book.
After apprenticing as a bookseller, Susanne Borst, who was born in Altötting, came to Regensburg to study. The bookshop in the Gesandtenstraße has always been her favourite one. She began working there while she was still studying German and history. 1500 square metres on three floors are filled with life by competent booksellers in the traditional Regensburg store and are a popular meeting place. After two years as branch manager at Bücher Pustet in Freising, Susanne Borst has now been managing the branch in Regensburg's Gesandtenstraße since 2005. She organises events at Bücher Pustet in Regensburg and has also been involved in the organisation of the Regensburg Reads a Book (Regensburg liest ein Buch) project from the very beginning.
Karin Martin is a certified librarian at the Regensburg public library and was born in Hunsrück (which, since the Edgar Reitz films, now also known south of the Main). She studied public librarianship in Cologne. After graduating as a librarian, she went to Paris for six months as an au pair. After the excursion into the wide world, she started her professional life as a librarian - in Regensburg! This was followed by a professional "round trip" through Bavaria: Neubiberg communal library near Munich, Würzburg regional library. In 1991 she then arrived - literally - at the public library in Regensburg. In addition to lectorate and reference service, she is responsible for public relations, organises exhibitions and events. Her favourite hobby is photography, especially while travelling.
Ulrich Dombrowsky, born 1958 in Mannheim, has been a bookseller since 1980 and has been self-employed with his bookshop Dombrowsky on Kassiansplatz since 1983. He has also been organising readings, discussions, concerts, etc. ("Literary Spring in Regensburg" and "Literary Autumn in Regensburg") since 1989. Promoting reading is also very important to him and his team of booksellers, for which he has been awarded the Bavarian Ministry of Culture's seal of quality every year since 2003. The bookshop was twice "Bookshop of the Year" (2005 and 2014) and was awarded the German Bookshop Prize by the Minister of Culture Monika Grütters in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Together with seven other owner-operated bookshops in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Dombrowsky publishes the recommendation magazine 5+ twice a year. Ulrich Dombrowsky was initiator of the project "Regensburg reads a book".
Johanna Röhrl, born in 1961, is a native of Upper Palatinate and chose after studying law in Regensburg the beautiful city as her place of residence. After working as a lawyer for several years, she and her husband Christian Röhrl founded the bookshop Bücherwurm in Regensburg, where she has been managing director since 2005. In the bookshop she is responsible for events and public relations and she is particularly committed to all kinds of reading encouragement. For this commitment, the bookshop has been awarded the "Partner of Schools" seal of quality by the Bavarian Ministry of Education and the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels for years. In addition to 3 major international literature festivals co-organised by her (with Turkey in 2014, with the Czech Republic in 2015 and with Scotland in 2017), she is also co-initiator of the cross-city campaign "Regensburg reads a book" (Regensburg liest ein Buch). Johanna Röhrl is an enthusiastic musician in her private life and has been active in her "second profession" as a lecturer and speaker on legal topics in the context of care for many years.