New York’s only annual German language literary festival held in English, will take place from February 27 to March 2, 2014, at venues throughout NYC. This will be the fifth installment of Festival Neue Literatur (FNL), where New York City once again plays host to six authors from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. This year’s authors are Milena Michiko Flašar and Maja Haderlap, (Austria) Olga Grjasnowa and Abbas Khider (Germany) and Melinda Najd Abonji and Richard Weihe (Switcherland).
The theme of the 2014 festival, which was curated by translator and writer Tess Lewis, is Border Crossings. While the Festival features writers who identify as Austrian, German, or Swiss, their backgrounds are diverse. “They are exiles, refugees, or immigrants, who live and write between several languages and cultures. With heartbreak and flashes of dark humor, their novels recount the stories of men and women buffeted by shifting world orders, stranded on foreign territory at home and abroad,” says Lewis.
Every winter, the festival pairs the six visiting authors with two U.S. authors, who bring an American perspective to the events, creating a dynamic of literary exchange and discourse. The 2014 festival will feature two American writers, the Vietnamese-American novelist Monique Truong and Russian-born novelist, journalist, and co-founder of the literary magazine n + 1, Keith Gessen.
Encounters Across the Ocean February 28, 2014, 1:00pm-5:00pm @ Deutsches Haus Columbia, 420 West 116th Street, all authors
Memory and Language: Angels or Demons March 1, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm @ powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, with authors Maja Haderlap, Melinda Nadj Abonji, Milena Michiko Flašar, and Monique
A Literary Brunch March 2, 2014, 12pm @ Deutsches Haus NYU, 42 Washington Mews, all authors
Search for Roots: Exile’s Revolving Doors March 2, 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm, @ McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street, Manhattan, with authors Olga Grjasnowa, Abbas Khider, Richard Weihe, and Keith Gessen
Partners: Columbia University, Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe Institut, Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, German Book Office, Swiss Arts Council Prohelvetia, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York
Admission free, R.S.V.P. on http://festivalneueliteratur.org/events/