From Thursday, November 14th through Saturday, November 16th, the 2013 New Literature from Europe: In Transit festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. Representing Poland at the festival is, the award-winning journalist Witold Szabłowski.
Witold Szabłowski, cover for The Assassin from Apricot City; image from press material.
Up-and-coming by Szabłowski is a collection of reportage from Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City
, which will be out shortly from Stork Press in the UK, will also visit Ohio State University for a reading and signing.
Other NLE 2013 writers are Erri de Luca, Italy’s most widely read author; award-winning novelist and non-fiction German author. Ilija Trojanow; Laurent Binet, author of HHhH
, the internationally acclaimed WWII novel set in Prague; leading Czech novelist, Jáchym Topol; Romanian writer Daniela Zeca-Buzura; Spanish writer, Maria Dueñas; Romanian-born Hungarian writer, György Dragomán; and Austrian-born, Sabine Gruber. The participating authors share in common a new consciousness on being in transit. They project upon modern-day border crossing within the European Union, and how this freedom of mobility affects their ways of experiencing and interpreting spaces where borders and populations have shifted.
For the NLE Opening Night, authors Witold Szabłowski of Poland, Sabine Gruber of Austria, and Ilija Trojanow of Germany read from their work and converse about international borders, current and historical events in both fiction and literary non-fiction. The opening takes place on November 14 at 6:30 at the Center for Fiction. Another curiosity from the festival, perhaps also the one that best fits the cordial American cultural approach, is the Cab Chats
. Defined as a “mobile event,” Cab Chats promise to take spectators on five-minute round trips inside NYC’s iconic cabs, during which authors will read excerpts in their original language and chat with the riders. This “mobility” is hoped to conclude with a socializing cocktail party with the audience and authors. Cab Chats are scheduled for November 15 at 6:30, starting at the Melville House in Brooklyn. Following events on Saturday, November 16th are readings and discussions including, Writing and Politics, Writing Under Surveillance, and the Sins of the Father.
The festival is organized by the New York branches of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Czech Center, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Polish Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, and Instituto Cervantes. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a full 3-day pass to literature from Europe in the heart of New York City.
For more information on schedule of events and locations, visit the festival’s website at: http://newlitfromeurope.org/
Edited by Elcin Marasli, 14/11/2013