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Irene Scherer. Photo: wepubli.com 


Irene Scherer
Managing Partner
Talheimer Verlag, Mössingen-Talheim

Irene Scherer is managing partner of Talheimer Verlag. The publisher of non-fiction, biographical and autobiographical books is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013.



Describe yourself in three words.

Work makes me happy, I'm affable, reasonably smart and a good conversationalist.


When you were younger, what did you want to be? Did you ever think you would be doing what you do today?

When I was about 13, I wanted to be Chancellor. At the time that was simply unthinkable that a woman would get that far. But I eventually gave up that dream. I then studied social work. That was a brand new and innovative degree program at the time. After that, I worked with youth and women. After I realized that women didn't have very deep knowledge of the law, I went back to school and studied law.


Who would you like to switch jobs with for a while and why?

With a working woman in Tehran.


Name your favorite book or author.

The book "Orient und Okzident" ("Orient and Occident") from our own publishing house. Different authors write about the relationship between Europe and the Arab countries, such as the European image of Arabia and how it was shaped as early as the seventeenth century. The authors discuss the question "Who has actually learned to be tolerant? Is not it more likely that the tolerance came to Europe and not vice versa?" A very stimulating book and very timely.


This short interview was conducted at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013.


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