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In Memory We Trust: 10th Anniversary Festival Neue Literatur

In Memory We Trust: 10th Anniversary Festival Neue Literatur

Thursday Mar 28 2019     6:00 pm thru 9:00 pm

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Festival Neue Literatur, highlighting new literature from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S. The theme of the 2019 festival is *IN MEMORY WE TRUST* curated by literary critic, writer and translator, Liesl Schillinger and Tim Mohr, celebrated German-language translator and author of Burning Down the Haus.

The writers and publishing luminaries featured this year- Jennifer Croft, Stefanie de Velasco, Daniela Emminger, Laura Freudenthaler, Dana Grigorcea, Pierre Jarawan, John Keene, Min Jin Lee, Gianna Molinari, Idra Novey, Karen Phillips, and Jenny Zhang- find truths that explain and define their characters and cross borders of time and place to create ageless maps of identity and connection.

The renowned U.S. novelist John Wray, author of, most recently, GODSEND, and one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists, will be the chair of Festival Neue Literatur 2019.

Join us as we look back on 10 years of Festival Neue Literatur and contemplate how memory informs, complicates and enriches our imagined futures.


All Festival events are FREE & in English!

Friday, March 29 at 6:00 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum 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 co-curator and translator Tim Mohr.

Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 PM
Goethe-Institut New York
The festival's signature translation event returns and pays homage to writers who translate and translators who write. On this very topic, the celebrated novelist and literary translator Idra Novey remarked in an essay entitled Writing While Translating that, "to begin writing after translating is to begin airborne--suspended between languages--a reckless place I'd like to believe leaves a writer's mind particularly open to innovation not just with word choice, but with tone and irony and all the other subtle, stylistic aspects that add up to what we call a writer's voice."

FEATURING: Jennifer Croft, John Keene and Idra Novey moderated by Karen Phillips of Words Without Borders

Saturday, March 30 at 6:00 PM
powerHouse Arena
How does the interplay of geography and time alter the identity of a person, a character, a city, a nation? The lives we lead, wherever we live, are shaped by events that happened before we were born, not necessarily in our own countries. To understand who we are, we need to understand who we were, and where we came from. In this panel, we speak with four novelists whose books travel to foreign lands, delving into past events, personal and political, mining memory, and exposing buried clues that define their characters in the present. Is it dangerous to romanticize distant countries, vanished people, and past times? Or can it be cathartic; a way to inhabit the present more fully and meaningfully?

FEATURING: Daniela Emminger, Pierre Jarawan, Dana Grigorcea, and Min Jin Lee. Moderated by Liesl Schillinger, festival co-curator, translator and critic.

Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 PM
Deutsches Haus at New York University
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. Moderated by festival co-curator and translator Tim Mohr.

Sunday, March 31 at 6:00 PM
McNally Jackson Books
How would living under Communism have shaped your identity? What about being the child of Jehovah's Witnesses; or being a deceived wife; or living in the continual (and reasonable) fear of attack by a ravenous wolf? Perhaps, if you were affected by such conditions, you could ignore the "monster in the house," and form successful friendships, relationships and careers. Then again, your experience with that fraught backdrop might linger, stretching into future generations. In this panel, we speak with four authors whose novels and short stories bring to life the specters that haunt them -- some political, some familial, some ineffable. These ghosts in the machine have colored their characters' views of themselves and the world around them. We explore the question of how those who form their selfhood in the shadow of dark influences can use memory to illuminate their reality and liberate their truth.

FEATURING: Laura Freudenthaler, Gianna Molinari, Stefanie de Velasco and Jenny Zhang. Moderated by the novelist and Festival Neue Literatur chair John Wray.

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, German Consulate General New York, Deutsches Haus at New York University, Frankfurt Book Fair New York, Goethe-Institut New York, and Pro Helvetia.