An evening of contemporary literary luminaries from 11 European Union countries
This year's edition of European Literature Night, hosted by the Ukrainian Institute of America, will present eleven European authors, including German author Anja Kampmann, through readings, Q&As and debates. The main panel discussions, exploring the topic of past and present as well as the current crises, will be moderated by Sabir Sultan, the Associate Director of the World Voices Festival and Literary Programs, and Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, Chief Program Officer, Literary Programming at PEN America.
Annually, European Literature Night is a brilliant and lively showcase of a diverse and wide range of contemporary writers across many genres, from fiction and poetry, to memoir and histories. The evening will feature multilingual readings, a musical performance, panel discussions and Q&As, as we introduce the audience to the best of contemporary European literature.
Authors, translators, and performers representing 11 E.U. countries will gather in New York City on November 2, 2023, at the Ukrainian Institute of America, for an evening of cultural exchanges and conversations exploring the way history has shaped the current crises facing Europe and the power of literature to unearth the truths about how we live and understand the role of writers in times of war and political upheavals.
This year's lineup showcases the multifaceted nature of Europe, featuring participants from Austria, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain (Basque Country) and Ukraine, and will offer two discussion panels:
Contemporary Literature and Global Crises – moderated by Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, Chief Program Officer, Literary Programming at PEN America
In this conversation, writers will discuss how they choose to speak to the current political moment in their work and reflect on how it may have affected their creative processes and approach to their craft. The panel will feature Kätlin Kaldmaa (EE), Anja Kampmann (DE), Andrey Kurkov (UA), Sanaé Lemoine (FR), and Kat Mustatea (RO).
The Past is Present – moderated by Sabir Sultan, Associate Director, World Voices Festival and Literary Programs
In this conversation the speakers will reflect on how they sometimes mine the national archives, historical narratives, and collective memory in their practice as writers and storytellers. The panel will feature Anna Frajlich-Zajac (PL), Lore Segal (AT), Laima Vincė Sruoginis (LT), Kateřina Tučková (CZ), and Kirmen Uribe (ES).