New York’s brightest students take on FNL authors in a lightning round of literary speed-dating.
We thank translator and Columbia University Professor Susan Bernofsky for advising on and assisting with this event.
VENUE: AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK (11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan)
Join Festival Neue Literatur in an intimate conversation about literature in translation with NYC’s celebrated literary editors, translators, and writers. If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite book from abroad arrived at your local bookstore and in our cultural consciousness, join us for a snapshot into this fascinating journey narrated by the people who have made it happen. Featured works include: Elena Ferrante’s DAYS OF ABANDONMENT; Álvaro Enrigue’s SUDDEN DEATH: A NOVEL; and Daniel Kehlmann’s FAME.
VENUE: BOWERY POETRY CLUB (308 Bowery, Manhattan)
Nietzsche says that humans alone laugh because we alone suffer so deeply that we had to invent laughter. How do writers use humor in their work to confront, navigate and come to terms with pain, trauma and crisis? What roles can literary humor play in response to distressing, harrowing or nightmarish experiences?
VENUE: BOOK COURT (163 Court Street, Brooklyn)
The six German-language authors of Festival Neue Literatur pair up with NYC actors to give a sampling from their work, providing a taste of new writing from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Light fare will be served.
VENUE: DEUTSCHES HAUS AT NYU (42 Washington Mews, Manhattan)
Wry, mordant, acerbic, irreverent, witty, devastating, redemptive: There are so many adjectives to describe different sorts of humor in literature. And in conveying the funny or absurd aspects of human predicaments and relationships, writers can also illuminate profound truths. What does it mean to reveal us to ourselves in ways that also make us laugh at ourselves?
VENUE: MCNALLY JACKSON BOOKS (52 Prince Street, Manhattan)