If you're near Chicago or New York you'll have an opportunity to hear from some of the best younger writers from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria in the coming weeks.
First up is the Festival Neue Literatur taking place February 11-13 at several locations around NYC and presenting two authors each from the three countries: Dorothee Elmiger, Andrea Grill, Julia Schoch, Antje Rávic Strubel, Peter Weber and Andrea Winkler. The festival is curated by Susan Bernofsky and Paul North and sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum, Deutsches Haus NYU, the German Book Office, the German Consulate, the Goethe-Institut NY, Pro Helvetia, and the Swiss Consulate. The festival web site also provides sample translations of the authors.
Then on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, Dorothee Elmiger and Andrea Grill will join German author Christiane Neudecker for Literaturlenz at the Goethe-Institut Chicago. Additionally, the writers will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison (on February 15), the University of Illinois at Chicago (on February 17) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (on February 18).
Update - I've been busy with translation work for the past month or two - hopefully I will have time to update this blog a bit later.
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