A sampling of six authors of Festival Neue Literature provides a taste of new writing from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

"Author's Voices"
"Author's Voices"

      On Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m., the six German-language authors of Festival Neue Literatur pair up with New York City actors at Deutsches Haus at New York University (42 Washington Mews, New York, N.Y.) to give a sampling from their work, providing a taste of new writing from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Titled “The Author’s Voice,” this free public event features Jürgen Bauer, Zora del Buono, Simon Froehling, Fabian Hischmann, Marlen Schachinger, and Antje Rávic Strubel, and moderated by the festival curator Peter Blackstock. English excerpts read by actors. For information, call Deutsches Haus at 212.998.8660.

If you would like to attend “The Author’s Voice,” please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited; it is best to arrive ten minutes prior to the start.

Held from March 2-5, Festival Neue Literatur brings New York audiences new writing, 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. The festival is curated by acclaimed editor Peter Blackstock. Each year, the festival also produces a reader featuring book summaries and sample translations of the featured German-language works. The 2017 reader will be available for download in an electronic version on the festival website. You can download it here shortly. All events are free of charge and held in English.

Festival Neue Literatur was established as a collaborative project of New York’s leading German-language cultural institutions: the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Consulate General of Germany, the Consulate General of Switzerland, Deutsches Haus at Columbia University, Deutsches Haus at NYU, the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc., Goethe-Institut New York, and Pro Helvetia.

Festival Neue Literatur 2017 is made possible through generous support from BMW of North America. Additional support is provided by the German Foreign Office and Radeberger Gruppe.