New York’s Festival Neue Literatur (FNL) will be kicking off its fourth year this weekend (Feb 22-24, 2013) with an all new set of guest authors that include six rising German language and two American writers. Established in 2009, FNL is a one of a kind literary festival in New York that brings some of the best up-and-coming authors from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland stateside to hold informative discussions surrounding the topics of their books.
“It was such a challenge picking authors this year – far too many brilliant, challenging, funny, heartbreaking writers to choose from,” said Susan Bernofsky, one of this year’s curators. “As usual, we were on the lookout for young, fresh voices doing something surprising or new in their work.”
The six German-language authors this year include Leif Randt (Shimmering Haze Over CobyCounty) and Silke Scheuermann (Other People’s Houses) from Germany, Clemens Setz (Indigo) and Cornelia Travnicek (Chucks) from Austria, and Ulrike Ulrich (Fern Bleiben) and Tim Krohn (Ans Meer) from Switzerland. Joining them will be two rising stars in the American writing scene Joshua Ferris (The Unnamed) and Justin Taylor (Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever) to make this a truly multicultural event.
Topics during this years FNL cover areas that are also seen in modern American literature and stories that revolve around things you may have heard among discussions with your friends or on the news. “Closed Circuits: Shrunken Dystopias” takes on the issues of dystopian and utopian communities while “Breaking Away: Contemporary Travelogues” covers themes of escape, discovery, and avoidance.
This years festival will also see the introduction of the Friedrich Ulfers Prize which will be given to “a leading publisher, writer, critic, translator or scholar who has championed the advancement of German-language literature in the United States” by the Deutsches Haus at NYU.
Martin Rauchbauer, Director of Deutsches Haus at New York University commented that…
At a time where fiction from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland is increasingly reaching American audiences, we want to honor those who have dedicated themselves to provide access to these often hidden treasures. The Festival Neue Literatur has over the past years itself become a symbol for these efforts and is therefore an ideal platform to inaugurate the Friedrich Ulfers Prize. Thanks to the generosity of Prof. Ulfers, a renowned NYU scholar and a life-long promoter of German literature and thought, this prize will give testimony to the rising importance of German language literature in America.
Head on over to the Festival Neue Literatur website to find the complete event times and details along with more information on each of this year’s presenting authors.
Source: Festival Neue Literatur