FESTIVAL NEUE LITERATUR
March 29 – 31, 2019
The following comes to us courtesy of the Austrian Cultural Forum newsletter.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Festival Neue Literatur, the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and US fiction together. In honor of this anniversary, 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.
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 US-Austrian novelist John Wray, author of, most recently, Godsend, will be the chair of this year’s edition.
Words with Writers
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 curator, author, and translator Tim Mohr. >> Details
Double Lives: Writers Who Translate
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. Please join us as we spotlight storytellers who seamlessly move between genres and languages as writers and literary translators, in an exploration of the connections between these forms. >> Details
Another Country: Distant Lands Up Close and Personal
Saturday, March 30 at 6:00 PM
How does the interplay of geography and time alter the identity of a person, a character, a city, a nation? 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. >> Details
The Author’s Voice
Sunday, March 31 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. >> Details
Ghosts in the Machine: Haunted Memories and Reimagined Futures
Sunday, March 31 at 6:00 PM
McNally Jackson Books
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. >> Details