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“The Literary Mews at NYU: A Day of Festivities”

Friday, May 8, 2015, 10:30am
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, NYC
Washington Mews at NYU

Gaiutra BahadurEric BanksRebecca FalkoffIfeona FulaniKaiama L. GloverAnn GoldsteinYona HarveyRashidah IsmailiCormac JamesAmaud Jamaul JohnsonParneshia JonesDeborah KapchanReiner LeistAchille MbembeHlonipha MokoenaLadan OsmanJean-Christophe RufinCharif ShanahanVéronique TadjoAbdourahman WaberiAfaa WeaverChristopher WinksKerry Young

Music byDan Neely


Global bazaar meets county fair at this third annual festival within the Festival. Discover a world of literature and music in NYU’s beautiful Washington Mews and its international houses and institutes.

All events are free and open to the public

7:00 PM Prelude to the Literary Mews: Thursday, May 7th – The New Salon: Poets in Conversation
Yona HarveyCharif ShanahanAfaa WeaverYona Harvey and Afaa Weaver in conversation with Charif Shanahan.

10:30 AM Writers Workshop: Liberty in All Its Forms
RSVP requiredwww.nyuafricahouse.org
Véronique Tadjo – A poetry workshop with Véronique Tadjo.
12:00 PM Opening Panel: Discussing Diaspora
RSVP requiredwww.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu
Eric BanksRashidah IsmailiCormac JamesAbdourahman WaberiKerry YoungRashidah Ismaili, Cormac James, Abdourahman Waberi, Kerry Young, and others discuss their thoughts on the diaspora. Moderated by Eric Banks.
12:00 PM Outdoors: On the Mews, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Literary Magazine and Book Fair on the Mews
1:00 PM Onstage – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM,  African musical performance
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM German musical performance
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Dan Neely (Mandolin, Tenor Banjo) and Friends Perform Traditional Irish Tunes
1:15 PM African Musical Workshop: The Art of Storytelling through Music
RSVP requiredwww.nyuafricahouse.org
2:00 PM A Conversation with Jean-Christophe Rufin
RSVP requiredmaison.francaise@nyu.edu; (212) 998-8750
Jean-Christophe Rufin – Prize-winning novelist, historian, former ambassador to Senegal, and one of the
founders of Doctors Without Borders, Jean-Christophe Rufin discusses his latest
novel, The Red Collar, dealing with war and its aftermath.
3:00 PM Reading and Lecture with Abdourahman Waberi
Abdourahman Waberi – Novelist, poet, essayist, and academic Abdourahman Waberi, originally hailing from Djibouti, reads from his work.
4:00 PM New Voices in North African Poetry
Deborah Kapchan – A program of readings performed by North African poets with English translation,
moderated by Professor Deborah Kapchan, performance studies, anthropology, and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, NYU.
4:00 PM Afro-Asian Mixtapes: Overlapping Literary Diasporas in the Caribbean
RSVP requiredwww.apa.nyu.edu/events
Gaiutra BahadurIfeona FulaniKerry Young – This session will highlight literary intersections between Asian and African diasporas in the Caribbean, with writers and scholars Gaiutra Bahadur (Coolie Woman), Kerry Young (Pao and Gloria), and Ifeona Fulani (Ten Days in Jamaica).
5:00 PM Discussing Another Country: South Africa’s New Portraits
RSVP requireddeutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu
Reiner LeistHlonipha Mokoena – A conversation between photographer Reiner Leist and Hlonipha Mokoena, professor of anthropology at Columbia University.
5:00 PM Poetry Reading
Amaud Jamaul JohnsonParneshia JonesLadan Osman – Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Parneshia Jones, and Ladan Osman will read from their work.
5:00 PM Cormac James Launches The Surfacing
RSVP requiredwww.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu
Cormac James

Irish novelist Cormac James launches The Surfacing, his novel about a ship that is
threatened by ever-hardening Arctic ice when its lieutenant discovers that a
stowaway will give birth to his child and finds the courage to lead.

6:00 PM The Passion of Elena Ferrante
Rebecca FalkoffAnn Goldstein

Award-winning translator Ann Goldstein (The New Yorker) will discuss with
Rebecca Falkoff (NYU) the anonymous Italian author, whose devastatingly honest
novels—particularly the epic Neapolitan tatralogy—have moved readers to a rare
and visceral passion.

7:30 PM Édouard Glissant: Everything Scatter, ScatterKaiama GloverAchille MbembeVéronique TadjoChristopher Winks – This celebration of the late Martinican writer, poet, and cultural commentator brings together Kaiama Glover, Achille Mbembe, and Véronique Tadjo to discuss his intriguing work. Moderated by Christopher Winks. Additional events will be presented by the NYU Institute of African American Affairs and will be announced here: as.nyu.edu/page/literarymews



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