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NLE - Day 2

ABOUT NEW LITERATURE FROM EUROPE FESTIVAL 2016

Now in its 13th consecutive year, The New Literature from Europe Festival is an annual celebration of writing from across the European continent. Featuring readings and discussions between leading and emerging literary voices from Europe, and some of America’s foremost writers and critics, the Festival celebrates important new European literature in translation. Founded in 2003, the NLE Festival has quickly become one of New York City’s top literature in translation events, attracting award-winning, best-selling and new authors from many diverse European countries each year. The NLE Festival is jointly organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and New York-based European cultural institutes. Most Festival events are free and open to the public. Join us on December 7-10 for this year’s Festival and follow NLE on Twitter or like NLE on Facebook for updates.


DAY 2 | December 8, 2016

WRITING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: OF MUSIC AND ART

6.30pm – 7.30pm
Scandinavia House | 58 Park Avenue, New York
FREE

How do you describe a Mozart sonata in words so the notes sing and dance on the page as vividly as if you were hearing them? And how does the work of a painter, sculptor or visual artist influence the work of a writer? Masters of each form have influenced each of our guests – join Ann Cotten, Stefan Hertmans, Martí Sales, and Krisztina Tóth as they discuss these influences and reflect on the ways in which music and art has shaped and influenced their own work.

PROPOGANDA OR POLEMIC?
6.00pm – 7.00pm
The Center for Fiction | 17 East 47th Street, New York
FREE

How do you write a political novel with a strong message, that’s not simply propaganda or bombast? How hard is it to write a work of political fiction that’s also seen as a great work of literature? What’s the key to success, when you are writing to change your readers’ minds about social, economic, or racial injustice, or environmental degradation, or the corruption of power? And who were the influencers for these writers when they sat down to write their novels with a message? Dostoyevsky? Céline? Our guests from Europe, Mihkel Mutt and Szczepan Twardoch, discuss the special challenges and rewards of writing to educate or change the minds of their readers.

INVENTING REALITIES
8.00pm – 9.00pm
Scandinavia House | 58 Park Avenue, New York
FREE

Authors invent worlds and people so vividly that we believe them to be real and true. They create imaginary characters and settings that are oftentimes easier to believe than what we watch on the evening news. Sometimes fiction is more believable than fact. Journalists, on the other hand, are relied upon to deal only in fact. Yet sometimes, authors step away from their imaginary worlds to become journalists who report on facts and real-life situations and characters or reversely, journalists give up the truth to write fiction. What happens in that process and can we really trust what an author writes when they’re being a journalist? Moderated by BBC’s Michael Maher, our guests from Europe, Susana Moreira Marques, Asle Skredderberget, and Matei Visniec, consider this topic and draw on their own experiences occupying these very different roles.

COMING OF AGE: A CONVERSATION WITH COLIN BARRETT AND TOMMY WIERINGA
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Center for Fiction | 17 East 47th Street, New York
FREE

Making an explosive entrance onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in the Sunday Times and The Guardian, Colin Barrett’s book of short stories, Young Skins is set in the small rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub. Here and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars. Tommy Wieringa’s Little Caesar is the story of a child’s faith despite parental betrayal and of the importance of self sacrifice, while his IMPAC Dublin Literary Award long-listed, Joe Speedboat, follows the inhabitants of a sleepy rural town of the fictional Lomark in the municipality of Westervelt in the Netherlands, and is a supersonic story of an unlikely alliance, and a fast dash to grow up. Don’t miss this conversation about friendship and youth, of families and their scars, and the portrayal of a very particular time in a young boy’s life. Moderated by TBC.

AN EVENING OF POETRY FROM ACROSS THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT
9.00pm – 10.30pm
Nuyorican Poets Café | 236 East Third Street, New York
Tickets: $8/$12

Don’t miss this special poetry reading with three of our extraordinary guest poets from Europe. Ann Cotten, born in 1982 and heralded by critics in 2007, as a Wunderkind after the publication of her first volume of poetry, Fremdwörterbuchsonette. Cotten’s poetry appears to evolve out of a playful effortlessness, sometimes hermetic, but always light and unmannered, her poems convey an immediacy that appears like natural poetic speech. Joining Ann, is Martí Sales, whose debut collection, Huckleberry Finn, was called a tour de force in which there’s sex, drugs, and rock n roll, as a young man searches for wisdom in the beauty of literature. Kristin Tóth’s is one of Hungary’s most highly acclaimed poets and was recently awarded the Laureate Prize, one of the highest recognitions in Hungarian literature.

Visit the Festival's page for more: newlitfromeurope.org

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