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THURSDAY, MAR 02 2017 - SUNDAY, MAR 05 2017

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. The 2017 festival marks the first ever convening of queer-centric, German-language texts in the United States, as festival authors take on this year's theme Queer as Volk. Join us!

As queer people face a hazardous political climate both in the United States and in Europe, stories about the LGBTQ community become all the more critical. As do the questions: How do queer stories reach readers? To what extent is gay writing still subversive? And how do we ensure that the stories of LGBTQ people are told in a time of rising reactionary sentiment? The works of fiction featured at this year's festival celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ experiences. From the coming-of-age story of a young bisexual man living in the Black Forest, to a novel exploring the lives of lesbian and gay people in Austria during the Nazi period, to the tale of a Swiss couple reeling from a positive HIV diagnosis, the featured works form a cross-section of the LGBTQ spectrum. Simultaneously joyous, heart-wrenching, sexual and radical, these books showcase queer experiences with deep emotion and great literary flair.

FNL 2017 features the following authors: Jürgen Bauer and Marlen Schachinger (Austria); Fabian Hischmann and Antje Rávic Strubel (Germany); Zora del Buono and Simon Froehling (Switzerland); and Darryl Pinckney and Francine Prose (United States).



Friday, March 3 at 6:00 PM
Words With Writers
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
New York's brightest students take on FNL authors in a lightning round of literary speed-dating. Featuring all six German-language authors and moderated by festival curator Peter Blackstock, senior editor at Grove Atlantic.

Saturday, March 4 at 12:00 PM
Translation at the Margins
Bowery Poetry Club

An intimate conversation about literature in translation with NYC's celebrated literary editors, translators, and writers, who will discuss the importance of translating LGBTQ voices, voices of people of color, voices of women, and voices of writers from countries recently affected by the U.S. immigration ban.

Saturday, March 4 at 6:00 PM
Born This Way: Writing the Personal
powerHouse Books

As Virginia Woolf put it in A Room of One's Own: "Sometimes women do like women." Bringing queer stories to a straight world is a task that often falls to LGBTQ writers. But should LGBTQ writers feel an obligation to write fiction inspired by their own experiences? This panel explores the burdens of representation and the role of personal and literary influences, showing how LGBTQ lives come into literature.

Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 PM
The Author's Voice
Deutsches Haus at NYU

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.

Sunday, March 5 at 6:00 PM
Silence Is Violence: LGBTQ Writing in a Fracturing Political Climate
McNally Jackson Books
This panel promises a lively discussion of the intersection between LGBTQ writing and politics, from HIV/AIDS activism, to class and race identity, to gay persecution both historical and contemporary, exploring what it means to be a sexual minority in today's political climate.



Now in its eight year, Festival Neue Literatur (FNL) was established as a collaborative project of New York's leading German-language cultural institutions: the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the German Consulate New York, Deutsches Haus at Columbia University, Deutsches Haus at NYU, the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. (formerly known as the German Book Office), Goethe-Institut New York, and Pro Helvetia. Every winter, the festival pairs the six visiting authors with two U.S. authors, bringing diverse perspectives and sensibilities into an excitingly dynamic intercultural conversation.

The 2017 festival will proudly feature two celebrated American novelists, Darryl Pinckney, Whiting Award-winning author of Black Deutschland, and Francine Prose, award-winning author of a number of novels, including Lovers at the Chameleon Club. This year's moderators include award-winning translator Tess Lewis, Geoff Mak of The Offing magazine, and William Johnson of Lambda Literary, as past moderators have included Siri Hustvedt, John Wray, and Liesl Schillinger.

All FNL events are free of charge, though RSVPs are required.

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