NYU will host selected PEN World Voices “Lit Crawl” events in early May as part of its fifth-annual Literary Mews Festival—a showcase that will feature readings, panel discussions, and a book fair.

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New York University will host selected PEN World Voices “Lit Crawl” events in early May as part of its fifth-annual Literary Mews Festival—a showcase that will feature readings, panel discussions, and a book fair.

Literary Mews Festival events, which are free and open to the public, will be held at different venues within Washington Square Mews (between University Place and 5th Avenue, below 8th Street), unless otherwise noted. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Maria Litvan at ml153@nyu.edu or 212.998.8126

Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.

The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Valeria Luiselli and Hannah Tinti (with Darin Strauss)
Valeria Luiselli is the author of the essay collection “Sidewalks” and the novels “Faces in the Crowd” and “The Story of My Teeth,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her latest book is “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions” (Coffee House, April 2017). Hannah Tinti is the author of the story collection “Animal Crackers” and the novels “The Good Thief” and “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” (Dial Press, April 2017).
Location: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street

Friday, May 5

The Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP) Book Fair: 4-8 p.m.
Publishers, editors and writers will converge in Washington Square Mews to celebrate independent and international literature. Books and literary magazines will be on sale; participants can also enjoy author signings, live performances, opportunities to write, and literary readings. 
Location: Washington Mews (between 5th Avenue and University Place, below 8th Street)

“Writers and Resistance Project”: 4-6 p.m.
“Writers and Resistance” is a series of public pop-up readings of writing from ancient times to today by authors who faced suppression, imprisonment, exile, or death at the hands of totalitarian regimes, but whose words live on. The event is scheduled to include readings from authors such as Sojourner Truth, Oscar Wilde, Bertholt Brecht, Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, and Nelson Mandela, among others.
Location: Washington Mews (between 5th Avenue and University Place, below 8th Street)

“Teaching in Times of Trouble: The University as Sanctuary”: 6 p.m.
As a writer, how do you teach in troubled times? How political should you be, can you be, and do you want to be? What lessons and insights from the past and from other countries and cultures might provide guidance and shed some light on the complex challenges that professors and teachers in the United States currently find themselves faced with? Are there new limits to academic freedom? What role does the university play in a changing political climate like ours, what is the societal responsibility of its teaching staff, and can the university be a sanctuary? The accomplished international writers and professors participating in this timely conversation will explore these questions as part of the Literary Mews and Lit Crawl.
Participating writers: Rosamond S. King, Katja Petrowskaja, Francine Prose
Moderated by Atina Grossmann 
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU (42 Washington Mews)

“Auto-Fiction”: 6 p.m.
International authors Marcelino Truong, Oddny Eir, and Bae Suah—from France, Iceland, and South Korea respectively—will read from their works and discuss the extent to which they fictionalize their own lives in their publications as well as the personal boundaries they draw. 
Location: La Maison Française NYU (16 Washington Mews)

“Translating Women's Voices”: 7 p.m.
Translators Tess Lewis, Susan Bernofsky, and Katrine Jensen will read from their works, followed by a discussion on the importance of translating work by women as well as their personal approaches to translation. 
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU (42 Washington Mews)

“Female Writers and Resistance”: 7:30 p.m.
This conversation will focus on the writers’ individual approaches to activism and resistance in their writing practice, and aims to explore politics, gender, and identity through the lens of the female writer. The accomplished international writers and professors participating in this conversation will explore these questions as part of the Literary Mews and Lit Crawl.
Participating writers: Lila Zemborain, Mariela Dreyfus, Simone Lappert, Maïa Mazaurette, Jessie Chaffee.
Moderated by Rebecca Falkoff
Location: La Maison Française NYU (16 Washington Mews)

“Mysticism and Mastery in Middle Eastern Poetry”: 8 p.m.
A conversation between former MacArthur fellow, polymath translator, and poet Peter Cole and biographer Brad Gooch on timeless and timely Middle Eastern poetry and mysticism. Cole’s collections of poetry include “Hymns & Qualms” (1998), “Rift” (1989), “What Is Doubled: Poems 1981-1998” (2005), and “Things on Which I’ve Stumbled” (2008). He has translated important writers in Hebrew and Arabic, including Aharon Shabtai and Taha Muhammad. Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies “City Poet” and “Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor”, as well as other nonfiction and three novels.
Location: Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews)

The Literary Mews Festival is organized by the following NYU houses, institutes, and programs: Deutsches Haus, La Maison Française, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the Creative Writing in Spanish Program, and the Institute of African American Affairs.

Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)
 

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