About Festival Neue Literatur
Established in 2009 as a collaborative project of New York’s leading German-language cultural institutions, i.e. the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the German Consulate General 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, Festival Neue Literatur (FNL) is the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and American fiction together.
For three days each spring the festival pairs up-and-coming authors from Austria, Switzerland, and Germany with literary voices from the U.S. for free readings and discussions in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing diverse perspectives and sensibilities into a dynamic intercultural conversation.
About Another Country: Distant Lands Up Close and Personal
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, and moderated by Liesl Schillinger, translator and critic.
The event is free of charge and in English. RSVPs are required due to limited seating.