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Festival Neue Literatur 2015  


Money Changes Everything

SATURDAY, FEB 21 2015, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

With: Anna Weidenholzer, Matthias Nawrat, Jonas Lüscher, Adam Haslett
Moderator: Eric Banks

Is money making the world go round or under? What are the effects of today’s ever more impenetrable financial system on social mobility and the life of the imagination? What, exactly, is trickling down?


FNL-Festival Neue Literatur 2015, New York City’s annual German-language literary festival held in English, will take place from 19-22 February, at exciting literary and academic venues throughout NYC. This will be the Festival’s sixth year hosting six emerging authors from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland & featuring two special guests from the U.S. Marjana Gaponenko (“Who is Martha” published in English by New Vessel Press) and Anna Weidenholzer (“Der Winter tut den Fischen gut”, Residenz Verlag) have been invited by the ACFNY to be this year’s participants. This year’s festival will be opened at the Austrian Cultural Forum (closed event) and it will be curated by the renowned US literary critic and translator Tess Lewis.


Marjana Gaponenko was born in 1981 in Odessa, Ukraine. She fell in love with the German language as a young girl, and began writing in German when she was sixteen. She has a degree in German studies from Odessa University. Who is Martha? is her second novel and was awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in 2013. She has also published volumes of poetry and lives in Vienna and Mainz. http://newvesselpress.com/books/martha/

Anna Weidenholzer was born in 1984 in Linz and now lives in Vienna. She studied Comparative Literature in Vienna and Wroclaw, Poland. Weidenholzer has been published numerous times in literary magazines and anthologies and has won many awards, such as the Alfred- Gesswein-Prize (2009), the Residency Stipend at the Schloss Wiepersdorf (2011), the State Grant for Literature (2011/2012), Stadtschreiberin of Kitzbühel (2012) and the Reinhard- Priessnitz-Prize (2013). Her debut novel Der Platz des Hundes (2010) earned her a nomination for the European Festival of the Debut Novel in Kiel in 2011. Her novel Der Winter tut den Fischen gut was nominated in the fiction category of the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2013.

Matthias Nawrat was born in the Polish town of Opole and moved with his family to Bamberg at the age of 10. His debut novel Wir zwei allein was published in 2012. The same year he was awarded the Kelag Prize at the Bachmann Competition. Recently he won the Adelbert von Chamisso Award. He lives in Berlin.

Navid Kermani, born 1967, lives as a writer in Cologne. After completing school, he studied Oriental Studies, Philosophy, and Theater in Cologne, Cairo, and Bonn. He completed his studies in Summer Semester 1998 as a Dr. Phil. at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn and received his post-doctoral degree in 2005 (“Habilitation”). He has completed a number of fellowships at institutions such as the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin / Institute for Advanced Study, the Villa Massimo, German Academy of Rome, and the “Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg Essen” (Institute for Advanced Study).

Jonas Lüscher was born in Switzerland in 1976. After working in the German film industry he studied at the Munich School of Philosophy. Currently pursuing his doctoral studies in philosophy at the ETH Zurich, he lives in Munich.

Monique Schwitter was born in 1972 in Zurich and now lives and works in Hamburg. Between 1993 and 1997 she studied acting and directing at the Mozarteum University of Dramatic Arts in Salzburg and went on to perform in Zurich, Frankfurt and Graz. In 2005 she published her first volume of short stories, Wenn’s schneit beim Krokodil (When It Snows at the Crocodile’s), for which she was awarded the 2006 Robert Walser Prize for the best literary debut of the year. In 2008 she published her novel Ohren haben keine Lider (Ears Have No Lids) and in 2011 Goldfischgedächtnis (Goldfish Memory), a collection of short stories.

Adam Haslett (US) is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here and the novel Union Atlantic. His story collection was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and his books have been translated into eighteen languages.

Tiphanie Yanique (US) is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press in 2010, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, published by Little Bell Caribbean in 2012) and the novel Land of Love and Drowning, published by Riverhead/Penguin on July 10th.

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Marjana Gaponenko (c) Mathias Bothor