FILM SCREENING OF ME AND YOU
Featuring Author Q&A with Niccolò Ammaniti and
Antonio Monda

Join us for a special screening of Me and You, selected as the film of the year by Italy’s Nastri d’Argento and adapted from a novel by Niccolò Ammaniti. Hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as “an intimate wisp of youthful unease,” Me and You tells the story of the relationship between troubled half siblings, 11 years apart, who barely know each other. Introduced by Stefano Albertini, director of Casa Italiana with Q&A to follow with Niccolò Ammaniti and Italian writer, film director, essayist, and professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Antonio Monda.

Participants: Niccolò Ammaniti and Antonio Monda. With introduction by Stefano Albertini

Venue: CASA ITALIANA, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 24 W 12TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10011

Event Details: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Program:

6:30-8:10pm Film Screening – Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1:37)
8:15-9pm Author Q&A
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THE CALLING: WRITING WITH RESPONSIBILITY

Whether it’s fiction, a biography a true story or a blog post, words with a strong message can change the world. Join authors Wojciech Jagielski, who examines race and inequality at the end of apartheid in his new book Burning the Grass: At the Heart of Change in South Africa, 1990–2011, Bogdan Suceavă on his satirical political portrayal of Romania’s first years after the fall of the communism in Coming from an Off Key Time, Bettina Suleiman on animal ethics in her debut novel Auswilderung, and Ardian Vehbiu, winner of the 2014 Ardian Klosi non-fiction award and author of a blog that sparks cultural and political debates in Albania, on the role of the writer as a catalyst for positive social change. They will be joined by Fulbright Scholar, photographer, and the award-winning author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, Maaza Mengiste to discuss the power of literature to reexamine social and cultural inequalities of the pas in an effort to change the future. Book sales and signing to follow.

Participants: Wojciech Jagielski, Bogdan Suceavă, Bettina Suleiman, and Ardian Vehbiu. Moderated by Maaza Mengiste.

Venue: THE CENTER FOR FICTION 17 EAST 47TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10017

Event Details: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Program: 6:30-7:30pm

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A FUNNY THING ABOUT WRITING…

The best books can make you laugh and cry — oftentimes on the same page! Today, Albert Mobilio will discuss using humor to raise forbidden topics, controversial opinions and contentious politics. Join Naja Marie Aidt, a Nordic Council Literature Prize winner and author of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Alek Popov, winner of the Helicon Prize and author of some of Bulgaria’s funniest contemporary novels including the new Black Box; and Jordi Puntí, winner of the Serra d’Or Critics’ Prize for his first book of short stories, Pell d’armadillo and author of Lost Luggage, as they discuss the triumphs and pitfalls of using humor as a tool to explore the dark side of fiction with author and editor of Bookforum, Albert Mobilio. Book sales and signing to follow.

Participants: Naja Marie Aidt, Alek Popov and Jordi Puntí. Moderated by Bookforum’s Albert Mobilio.

Venue: THE CENTER FOR FICTION 17 EAST 47TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10017

Event Details: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Program: 8 – 9pm

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Saturday, November 7

TOMÁŠ HALÍK IN CONVERSATION ON
FAITH, LOVE, AND GOD

Tomáš Halík is a Czech Catholic scholar who has worked underground to promote democracy and morality before communism fell in Czechoslovakia in 1989. He has continuously advanced humankind and his theology of paradox invites believers and atheists to dialogue. He is the author of 17 best-selling books and the winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize for his work affirming the spiritual dimension of life. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama, South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu and British astrophysicist Martin Rees. Professor Halík is currently a professor of sociology in Prague, pastor of the Academic Parish, President of the Czech Christian Academy and a visiting professor at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard Universities. Today, he will join Dr. Peter Colosi, assistant professor of philosophy at Salve Regina University, to discuss spirituality and the relationship between faith, love and God and read from his new book, I Want You to Be. Book sales and signing to follow.

Participants: Tomáš Halík in conversation with Dr. Peter Colosi.

Venue: SCANDINAVIA HOUSE, VICTOR BORGE HALL 58 PARK AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10016

Event Details: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Program: 1-2pm

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FROM PAGE TO STAGE

Join Bernhard Aichner whose best-selling novel and first in a trilogy, Woman of the Dead is currently in pre-production for the big screen, Niccolò Ammaniti, whose novels Me and You, and I’m Not Scared were adapted into major feature films directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and Gabriele Salvatores, and György Spiró, playwright of more than twenty controversial theatrical productions worldwide in a panel discussion with Michael Maher, award winning BBC contributor, author and documentary filmmaker on what is lost or gained when a book is adapted for the big screen or the stage. Book sales and signing to follow.

Participants: Bernhard Aichner, Niccolò Ammaniti and György Spiró. Moderated by Michael Maher.

Venue: SCANDINAVIA HOUSE, VICTOR BORGE HALL 58 PARK AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10016

Event Details: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Program: 2:30 – 3:30pm

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COME TOGETHER: AN AFTERNOON READING

Where does Europe start and where does it end? Most countries share common historical experiences, but today with millions of refugees spilling across Europe, deep fault-lines are beginning to appear questioning our beliefs and testing our humanity. Tonight we ask some of our guests to reflect upon the power of literature by reading from work that has the power to either bring us together or tear us apart. Join us as we bridge geographical and cultural divides in an effort to come together. Book sales/signing and cocktail reception to follow.

Participants: Niccolò Ammaniti, Tomáš Halík, Wojciech Jagielski, Josefine Klougart, Alek Popov, György Spiró, Bogdan Suceavă, Bettina Suleiman and Ardian Vehbiu, with introductory remarks from Sean Bye, NLE Festival President and Morgan Entrekin, President and Publisher of Grove Atlantic and Founder of the website Literary Hub.

Venue: SCANDINAVIA HOUSE, VICTOR BORGE HALL 58 PARK AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10016

Event Details: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Program: 4- 5:30pm

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THE NEW LITERATURE FROM EUROPE
TRANSLATION SLAM

Join us for the first annual NLE/PEN World Voices Festival Translation Slam as our Austrian, Danish and Catalan writers and their translators delve into the complexities of language and discuss the changes that occur when a text is translated from one language into another. The battle will play out in an onstage Slam, with writers reading from their work in its original language, followed by a translator who reads their interpretation of the text in English. By the end of the night, you’ll have first-hand experience of how easy it is for words to get lost in translation, and you will have an all-new appreciation for the unsung heroes of literature – the translators! Book sales and signing to follow.

Participants: Bernhard Aichner, Naja Marie Aidt, Jordi Puntí with Michael Reynolds, editor in chief of Europa Editions along with Catalan translators Mary Ann Newman and Mara Faye Lethem, German translators Sophie Duvernoy and Ross Benjamin and Danish translators Katrine Ø. Jensen and Kerri Pierce. Proudly presented in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival.

Venue: NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ 236 E 3RD ST, NEW YORK, NY 10009

Event Details: TICKETED EVENT

Program: 7-8:30pm

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Sunday November 8

WOMEN IN TRANSLATION

Some of the most dynamic and exciting voices in European literature today are those of women – yet there is a significant gender gap when it comes to publishing literature in translation. Join Naja Marie Aidt, Josefine Klougart, and Bettina Suleiman, as they talk to PEN Translation Committee Co-Chair Margaret Carson about their writing, as well as the challenges and opportunities women authors face in Europe. Special guest Chad Post, publisher of Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester, and editor of the Three Percent website will give an inside look at the picture in the United States, and how publishers can help address the imbalance.

Participants: Naja Marie Aidt, Josefine Klougart and Bettina Suleiman with Chad Post. Moderated by Margaret Carson, co-chair of the PEN Translation Committee.

Venue: BOWERY POETRY CLUB 308 BOWERY, NEW YORK, NY 10012

Event Details: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Program: 4-5pm

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BURNING THE GRASS: AT THE HEART OF CHANGE
IN SOUTH AFRICA, 1990-2011
A READING AND CONVERSATION WITH WOJCIECH
JAGIELSKI

Wojciech Jagielski is a journalist at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s first and biggest independent daily, where he has been witness to some of the most important political events of the end of the twentieth century and is a permanent observer of developments in Afghanistan. He is the author of A Good Place to Die, the result of several years of travel to the Caucasus in the era of the Soviet Union’s collapse and of the emergence of new independent states; Praying for Rain, the bestseller chronicling Afghan regimes; and The Night Wanderers, a book about child soldiers from Northern Uganda. Jagielski is the recipient of the Dariusz Fikus Award, one of Poland’s most prestigious awards for excellence in journalism. In 2008, Towers of Stone received the Letterature Dal Fronte Award in Italy. Join him tonight in conversation with Malgorzata Mazurek, Associate Professor of Polish Studies at Columbia University, on his new narrative nonfiction book, Burning the Grass: At the Heart of Change in South Africa, 1990–2011, based on the murder of Eugène Terre’Blanche, leader of the far-right AWB (Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging–the Afrikaner Resistance Movement) at the end of apartheid.

Participants: Wojciech Jagielski and Malgorzata Mazurek.

Venue: BLUESTOCKINGS 172 ALLEN ST, NEW YORK, NY 10002

Event Details: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Program: 7-8pm

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Monday November 9

THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS — TOMÁŠ HALÍK IN
CONVERSATION WITH IAN BURUMA

Tens of thousands of people today are fleeing civil war and unrest to find new homes in Europe—sometimes with tragic consequences. Join Professor Tomáš Halík and author and journalist Ian Buruma as they discuss the repercussions and long lasting effects of this extensive displacement of more people than at any time since World War II.

Participants: Tomáš Halík in conversation with Ian Buruma.

Venue: CARNEGIE COUNCIL FOR ETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS 170 E 64TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10065

Event Details: TICKETED EVENT

Program: 8-9:15am

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