FESTIVAL NEUE LITERATUR brings New York audiences new writings from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the United States, as the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and American fiction. Since its founding in 2009, Festival Neue Literatur has hosted over fifty of the most important German-speaking writers, along with celebrated voices in American literature and culture. This year's festival is chaired by celebrated novelist JOHN WRAY and curated by PETER BLACKSTOCK, Senior Editor at Grove Atlantic.
This year, the Festival's theme is INSIDER | OUTSIDER. Each of us is an outsider in some way, but most of us also have privileges that give us access to different opportunities and worlds. The books featured this year explore questions of identity and belonging in a fracturing Europe and beyond, using race, religion, immigration status, politics, and even football hooliganism as lenses to explore contemporary society and the recent past.
*FEATURED FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS: Lisa Ko, Ruth Franklin, Atticus Lish, Yoko Tawada, John, Wray, Karen Phillips, John Wray, Ann Goldstein, Jenny McPhee, Barbara Epler, Nava Ebrahimi, Tess Lewis, Robert Prosser, Philipp Winkler, Fatma Aydemir, Ursula Fricker, and Meral Kureyshi.
Join us as we question our place in the world with some of the brightest literary voices coming out of Europe and the United States.
All Festival events are FREE & in English!
WORDS WITH WRITERS
Friday, March 23 at 7:00 PM
Goethe-Institut New York
New York’s brightest students take on FNL authors in a lightning round of literary speed-dating.
FEATURING all six German-language authors and moderated by festival curator Peter Blackstock, senior editor at Grove Atlantic.
INSIDE TRANSLATION | OUTSIDE OURSELVES
Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 PM
Goethe-Institut New York
An intimate conversation about literature in translation with NYC’s celebrated literary editors, translators, and writers, who pay homage to works in translation that have enlarged our lives and countered literary, political, and cultural isolationism.
FEATURING: Ann Goldstein, Yoko Tawada, Barbara Epler, Jenny McPhee, John Wray and moderated by Tess Lewis.
THE LIVES OF OTHERS: STORIES FROM OUTSIDE OUR BUBBLE
Saturday, March 24 at 6:00 PM
What does it mean to be marginalized – and who decides where the supposed center is in a shifting world? In this panel we discuss politics, power, society, ethnicity, and family, asking questions about how we treat those different from us and how society acts towards its most vulnerable members.
FEATURING: Fatma Aydemir (Germany), Ursula Fricker (Switzerland), Atticus Lish (U.S.), Robert Prosser (Austria) and moderated by Karen Philips, Executive Director of Words Without Borders.
THE AUTHOR'S VOICE
Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 PM
Deutsches Haus at NYU
The six German-language authors of Festival Neue Literatur pair up with New York City actors to give a sampling from their work, providing a taste of new writing from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
WE ARE FAMILY: BLOOD-BROTHERS AND STRONG MOTHERS
Sunday, March 25 at 6:00 PM
McNally Jackson Books
Tradition, brotherhood, and rebellion – this panel will explore these themes and more, tracing stories from Iran to Kosovo to Hannover to China and celebrating how literature can provide us with an extended family that is only limited by the size of our bookshelf.
FEATURING: Nava Ebrahimi (Austria), Meral Kureyshi (Switzerland), Lisa Ko (U.S.), Philipp Winkler (Germany), and moderated by Ruth Franklin.
ABOUT Festival Neue Literatur
FESTIVAL NEUE LITERATUR brings New York audiences new writings from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the United States, as the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and American fiction. For years, festival authors have grappled with various themes including displacement and belonging, dystopian societies, and serious humor, marking a unique tradition of cross-border storytelling. The festival is a collaborative project of New York’s leading German-language cultural institutions, including: the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the German Consulate New York, Deutsches Haus at NYU, the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. (formerly known as the German Book Office), Goethe-Institut New York, and Pro Helvetia.