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NYU’s Literary Mews Festival Brings Sebastian Barry, Lydia Davis, George Prochnik & Others to Celebrate International Literature

April 7, 2014

Many of NYU’s international houses and literary centers open their doors to the public at “The Literary Mews,” the second annual NYU literary festival within the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Preview events are on April 29 and May 1; the main festival is on May 2 and features readings, performances, music, an outdoor indie book fair, and more. All events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are required as indicated. For general questions, contact Maria Litvan at the Deutsches Haus at NYU,, 212.998.8126.

Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.

Exhibition Opening--The Last Line: Writing in Berlin

The photographer Heike Steinweg has been making portraits of authors for a number of years. For her latest project, The Last Line, she spoke to international authors connected to Berlin about the last lines of their books. Their responses about the development of these sentences will be presented alongside their portraits. The exhibition runs through Saturday, June 14.

RSVPs required:
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

Thursday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.

In Another Country: A Conversation with Bernd Cailloux and Daniel Zahno

Bernd Cailloux and Daniel Zahno will read from and discuss their work, focusing on a sense of place and how the location one writes in influences the act of writing. The session will be moderated by Claudia Steinberg.

RSVPs required:
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry and Fiction Reading: Dan Chiasson and Lydia Davis

Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Street


10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.--Craft Talk by Clayton Eshleman: On Translating Césaire and Vallejo

RSVPs required:
Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Street

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.--Writers Workshop and Book Signing

Featuring Deji Olukotun, author of Nigerians in Space.
RSVPs required:
Location: NYU Africa House, 44 Washington Mews

12:00 p.m.--Lunchtime Poetry Reading: Clayton Eshleman and Ed Pavlić

Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Street

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.--African Musical Workshop

Presented by acclaimed Malian musician and Griot, Mr. Yacouba Sissoko.
RSVPs required:
NYU Africa House, 44 Washington Mews

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.--A Celebration of Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology

Edited by Paula Deitz (Syracuse University Press, 2013)

2:00 p.m-- Part I: Mark Jarman: On Translation in The Hudson Review since 1949
2:30 p.m. --Part II: Poet/Translators: R. S. Gwynn, Johanna Keller, and Charles Martin discuss
their translations of Victor Hugo, Christine de Pisan, and G.G. Belli
3:00 p.m.--Part III: Actors Jeff Kline and Alexa de Puivert perform scenes from Richard Wilbur's translation of Corneille's Le Cid and discuss its 2013 world premiere production, in which Kline performed the title role.

RSVPs required: 212-998-8750;
The event is co-sponsored by New York University's Maison Française and Casa Italiana
Location: La Maison Française at NYU, 16 Washington Mews

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.--African Writers Panel
Featuring Deji Olukotun, Chinelo Okparanta, Godfrey Mwampembwa, Tope Folarin, and Mukoma wa Ngugi (moderator); hosted by Eddie Mandhry.
RSVPs required:
Location: NYU Africa House, 44 Washington Mews

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.--Readings from the Asian/Pacific American Avant-garde: Tarfia Faizullah, Luis H. Francia, April Naoko Heck, and Hieu Minh Nguyen
RSVPs required:
Location: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews

4:00 p.m.--The Impossible Exile: George Prochnik in Conversation with Eric Jarosinski and Ruth Franklin
RSVPs required:
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

5:00 p.m.--Archipelago Books Presents: Stacey Knecht, Richard Sieburth, and Chuck Wachtel
Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Street

5:30 p.m.--Sebastian Barry Reading: The Temporary Gentleman
RSVPs required:
Location: Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, 1 Washington Mews

6:00 p.m.--Tales of Two Germanys: Maxim Leo and Yascha Mounk
The authors discuss their memoirs Red Love and Stranger in My Own Country with Atina Grossmann and Megan Ratner
RSVPs required:
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

7:30 p.m.--Closing Event: What’s Your Muse?
In this panel, a group of distinguished international authors talk about their muses--and how creative musings lead to finished manuscripts. Featuring Tarfia Faizullah, Chinelo Okparanta, Benjamin Moser, George Prochnik, Kevin Barry; moderated by Eric Banks
RSVPs required:
Location: NYU Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East

12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.--Outdoor Street Festival on Washington Mews

12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.--Indie Book Fair
Curated by the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP)

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.--Dan Neely and Company Perform Traditional Irish Tunes

12:30-1:00 p.m.--Malian Musical Storytelling in the Djeli Griot Tradition

1:00-1:45 p.m.--CLMP Readings

5:00-5:30 p.m. --German Folk Songs from the Lower East Side
The folk songs that German immigrants sang back then are brought back to life by Tine Kindermann and her New York-based band.

5:30-6:00 p.m. -- “Albert et son orchestra”
Breathing new life into the French Swing tradition, Albert Behar, joined by guest musicians, croons original songs in French and English on the accordion.

The Literary Mews is presented with the support of NYU’s Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity; The Humanities Initiative; Arts & Sciences Dean for the Humanities; Graduate School of Arts & Science Office of the Dean; and the Department of English.

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