Published on Tuesday 22 November 2016

NYC’s Largest Literature in Translation Celebration December 7-10, 2016

NEW YORK – The New Literature from Europe Festival, New York City’s top European literary event, returns in its 13th year to present best-selling, award-winning, and emerging authors from across the continent.

The four-day festival welcomes more than 40 authors, journalists, poets and translators in events at bookstores, theatres, and special venues throughout New York City from December 7 to 10. Curated and produced by 20 Square Feet Productions, the programs feature readings, conversations, and panel discussions with European and American literary luminaries.

“At a time of division in Europe, the United States, and the world, the Festival provides a unique opportunity for us to come together in celebration of great literature and all that unites us,” says Sean Bye, President, New Literature from Europe Festival.

European festival guests include Elena Alexieva (Sofia, Bulgaria), Colin Barrett (County Mayo, Ireland), Ann Cotten (Vienna, Austria), Cristian Crusat (Málaga, Andalusia, Spain), Stefan Hertmans (Ghent, Flanders, Belgium), Susana Moreira Marques (Porto, Portugal), Immanuel Mifsud (Paola, Malta), Mihkel Mutt (Tartu, Estonia), Martí Sales (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), Asle Skredderberget (Oslo, Norway), Yoko Tawada (Berlin, Germany), Krisztina Tóth (Budapest, Hungary), Szczepan Twardoch (Silesia, Poland), Matei Visniec (Suceava, Romania) and Tommy Wieringa (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).



Joining the festival, alongside our guests from Europe, are best-selling and acclaimed authors, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Eliot Weinberger, Deborah Eisenberg, Benjamin Nugent, and Elizabeth Flock; poets Nick Laird, Nick Flynn, and Nathanle Handal; The New Yorker’s Cressida Leyshon; the BBC’s Michael Maher; Open Letter Books’ Chad W. Post; Grove Atlantic’s Katie Raissian; New Vessel Press’ Ross Ufberg; Europa Editions’ Michael Reynolds; Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre at CUNY, Frank Hentschker; The University of Connecticut’s Peter Constantine; former chair of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, Michael F. Moore; and, superstar translators, Ann Goldstein, Susan Bernofsky, Alta L. Price, Marjolijn de Jager, Bruna Dantas Lobato, Julia Sanches and Annemarie Mattheyse.

Partnering with international literary and translation organizations such as ALTA (The American Literary Translators Association) and PEN World Voices, the programs will address a wide range of timely issues facing society today. Festival guests explore such topics as Writing to Change Hearts and Minds, Narrative Authority, and Writing Under the Influence of Music and Art, among others. Highlights include: Salman Rushdie addressing the critical role of literature in translation; Ann Goldstein and Jhumpa Lahiri discussing the art of translation; Yoko Tawada discussing her new international best-seller, Memoirs of a Polar Bear; and, the cabaret style festival favorite Translation Slam. Most of the events are free and open to the public.

For a complete and up-to-date schedule of festival guests, venues and programs, please visit:

The New Literature from Europe Festival is jointly organized by The Art Office Foundation, The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, The Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center New York, Instituto Cervantes New York, Dutch Culture USA, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, The General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, Goethe-Institut, Literature Ireland, Arts Council Malta in NY, The National Book Council (Malta), The Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Norwegian Literature Abroad, The Polish Cultural Institute New York, The Consulate General of the Republic of Portugal, Institut Ramon Llull, and The Romanian Cultural Institute New York.

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