About "The Author's Voice:"
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 featuring Daniela Emminger, Laura Freudenthaler, Pierre Jarawan, Stefanie de Velasco, Dana Grigorcea, and Gianna Molinari. The event will be moderated by one of the festival curators Tim Mohr. English excerpts will be read by the actors Adelind Horan and Robert Lyons.
The event is free of charge and in English. RSVPs are required due to limited seating. Please email us at email@example.com.
About Festival Neue Literatur (March 28-31):
Festival Neue Literatur brings New York audiences new writing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States, as the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and American fiction. This year, as we mark a decade in the life of the festival, we honor the tremendously gifted authors who have participated in FNL thus far—more than sixty of them whose exceptional works draw on the maps of the past to reveal the shape of the present. This special 10th anniversary celebration gives festival goers a chance to reach back and reflect on the many writers, thinkers and cultural critics who have joined us in creating this rich, hybrid tradition, and to look forward to the new growth still to come.
Please join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our festival by honoring the works of our featured authors under this year's theme "In Memory We Trust."
Just as the American writers Min Jin Lee and Jenny Zhang reach back to Korea, Japan, and China to find truths that explain and define their characters, the German-language authors we bring to you this spring have crossed borders of time and place to ageless maps of identity and connection. In their books, a Lebanese-descended Berliner travels to Beirut to seek the father who abandoned him in boyhood; a young Romanian-Swiss banker finds echoes of her youth in the streets of Zurich and Bucharest; and two girls in West Germany, both daughters of Jehovah’s Witnesses, one of them a refugee, see their friendship crumble after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In two other novels, cautious Austrian women upset their routines: one heads off to the Kyrgyz steppe to hunt for a soulmate she met in childhood, while the other detects mysterious apparitions in her home—could it be the ghost of her husband’s lover? Meanwhile, an unconventional young Swiss woman is haunted by another unwelcome infiltrator: a wolf lurks on the premises of the failing factory where she works and lives. Which is she more afraid of, the wolf or reality? One of this year’s authors writes: “If I’d ever been granted a superpower, I’d have wished for the power to freeze time.” That power is the gift of all the novelists in FNL 2019, who have transformed their memories into a reservoir of truths.
The 2019 festival, which is curated by the literary critic, writer, translator, and professor Liesl Schillinger, and the author and translator Tim Mohr, features the following authors:
Daniela Emminger and Laura Freudenthaler (Austria)
Pierre Jarawan and Stefanie de Velasco (Germany)
Dana Grigorcea and Gianna Molinari (Switzerland)
Min Jin Lee and Jenny Zhang (U.S.).
All events are free of charge and held in English.
Festival Neue Literatur was established as a collaborative project of New York’s leading German-language cultural institutions: the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Consulate General of Germany, the Consulate General of Switzerland, Deutsches Haus at Columbia University, Deutsches Haus at NYU, the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc., and Goethe-Institut New York.
Festival Neue Literatur 2019 is made possible through generous support of the German Foreign Office, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and Radeberger Gruppe.