New Literature from Europe

Panel Discussions


All events will be held in English at Instituto Cervantes (211 E. 49th St., btw. 2nd & 3rd Ave), and are free and open to the public. RSVP required.

tuesday, nov. 27th

Sarah Meuleman (Flanders, Belgium)
in Conversation with Cressida Leyshon

(The New Yorker)

6:00 – 6:35 p.m. RSVP here
Award-winning Flemish writer and Vogue columnist Sarah Meuleman discusses her debut novel, Find Me Gone (Harper Collins, October 2018), with The New Yorker's deputy fiction editor, Cressida Leyshon. Part psychological thriller, part coming of age story, Find Me Gone follows a young woman from the quiet Belgian countryside to the bustling streets of New York, where, inspired by the lives of Agatha Christie, Virginia Woolf and others, she unravels the dark secrets of her past.

Public Vs. Private Narratives

6:45 – 8:00 p.m. RSVP here

Brit Bildøen (Norway), Adrian Grima (Malta), Sarah Meuleman (Flanders, Belgium), Vladimir Poleganov (Bulgaria), Ferenc Temesi (Hungary)
Moderated by Eric Banks (New York Institute for the Humanities)
In fiction, lies can tell the truth, but in today’s public discourse, reality is under attack, and lies are sold as truths. What is the relationship between truth and reality when it comes to words? Five writers discuss how they navigate the intertwined realms of private and public narratives, and the social responsibility of the writer when words can powerfully influence public opinion.

Migration: Bridging the Gaps

8:10 – 9:25 p.m. RSVP here

Bruno Vieira Amaral (Portugal), Theodora Bauer (Austria), Adrian Grima (Malta)
Moderated by Nermeen Shaikh (Democracy Now!)
Conflicts around migrations are currently playing out on both sides of the Atlantic, resulting in rising anti-immigrant sentiments and the resurgence of populist movements. Festival writers, who have eloquently written about narratives of past migrations respond to the current situation. Can these past narratives help us to reframe some of today’s issues? And can Europe and the U.S. learn from each other in these challenging times?

wednesday, nov. 28th

Cancelled: Esther Kinsky in Conversation with Tess Lewis.

Gabija Grušaitė (Lithuania) in Conversation with Violeta Kelertas (Professor, University of Washington)

6:00 – 6:35 p.m. RSVP here
Novelist Gabija Grušaitė discusses her second novel, Cold East (Stasys Šaltoka: Vieneri metai) — winner of the Jurga Ivanauskaite Award and, most recently, Malaysia’s 2018 George Town Literary Festival — with Violeta Kelertas, Professor at the University of Washington. Released in October 2018 (currently in Malaysia and Singapore), Cold East tells the story of Stasys Šaltoka, who wakes up on his 29th birthday next to a woman whose name he doesn’t know and decides to travel to South Asia to shake things up. There, he meets other people like him, putting a lot of effort into looking good on Instagram, yet, lost between the glossy surfaces of social media and deep existential anxiety.

Reading: European Voices in O.V.

6:45 – 8:00 p.m. RSVP here

Bruno Vieira Amaral (Portugal), Theodora Bauer (Austria), Gabija Grušaitė (Lithuania), Vladimir Poleganov (Bulgaria), Ioana Pârvulescu (Romania), Ferenc Temesi (Hungary), Chiara Valerio (Italy)
Moderated by Sean Bye (Polish Cultural Institute New York)
This live reading offers a rare opportunity to hear seven acclaimed writers from different parts of Europe read from their work in their mother tongue. The event will include English translations and will be followed by a Q&A.

IT: What’s at Stake?

8:10 – 9:25 p.m. RSVP Here

Gabija Grušaitė (Lithuania), Luna Miguel (Spain), Ursula Andkjær Olsen (Denmark), Vladimir Poleganov (Bulgaria)
Moderated by novelist YZ Chin
Modern technologies have radically altered our means of communication and contributed to the development of a global economy. But have these new technologies helped to achieve greater equality, or are they creating new divisions? How do new generations navigate the impact of the IT revolution and globalization? And how is the immediate availability of information affecting human lives?

thursday, nov. 29th

Jacek Dehnel (Poland) in Conversation with Translator/Poet Karen Kovacik

6:00 – 6:35 p.m. RSVP here
Poet, novelist, painter amateur historian and collector of 19th century photography, Jacek Dehnel follows the tradition of great Polish polymaths. With translator/poet Karen Kovacik, the acclaimed author discusses two books released in the U.S. this year – his novel Lala (Oneworld Publications), a moving family saga set against the turbulent backdrop of 20th century Europe, and his first full collection of poetry in English, Aperture (Zephyr Press), dealing with Internet culture, science, postmodern architecture and gay love.

Shaping Identities

6:45 – 8:00 p.m. RSVP here

Brit Bildøen (Norway), Gabija Grušaitė (Lithuania), Sarah Meuleman (Flanders, Belgium), Ioana Pârvulescu (Romania)
Moderated by Violeta Kelertas (Professor, University of Washington)
The relationship of memory and identity is a complicated one. How do experiences and places shape who we are and how we perceive reality? Five writers explore the long-term effects of personal traumas, national tragedies, political oppression, as well as cultural traditions, and how the return of memories can affect the present.

Afflicted Bodies and Disturbed Lands: A Poetic Approach

8:10 – 9:25 p.m. RSVP here

Jacek Dehnel (Poland), Esther Kinsky (Germany), Luna Miguel (Spain), Ursula Andkjær Olsen (Denmark)
Moderated by Claire Potter (Penguin Random House)
This festival offering brings together four exciting poets from different countries and generations. Together they explore bodies and lands as sites in which the personal and political, as well as the dynamics of desire and power, are vividly, and sometimes brutally, inscribed.


Audio Anthology


NLE’s Audio Anthology

Download the free app Layar in Google Play / AppleStore, use it to scan the map below, and listen to the NLE2018’s authors reading in their native tongue.