Washington Mews transforming to PEN/NYU literary street fair this Friday, May 2nd

Global bazaar meets county fair at this second annual NYU literary festival within the PEN World Voices Festival. Discover a world of literature and music on NYU’s beautiful Washington Mews.

Live music!
Food trucks!
Indie book fair!
Panel discussions!    

Free and open to the public.  
**Some events require reservations.  Click event links for more info, including RSVP.
10-11:30AMCraft Talk by Clayton Eshleman: On Translating Césaire and Vallejo
Clayton Eshleman’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and the National Book Award in Translation.
10:30-11:30AM:  Writers Workshop and Book Signing with Deji Olukotun, author ofNigerians in Space

12:00PM:  Lunchtime Poetry Reading: Clayton Eshleman and Ed Pavlić
National Book Award-winner Clayton Eshleman’s forthcoming collection is Penetralia (Black Widow Press 2014); Ed Pavlić’s Visiting Hours at the Color Line​ was published by Milkweed Editions 2013.

12-6PM  Outdoor Indie Book Fair
Curated by the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses          

12-6PM  Food Trucks on Washington Mews!
Stop by for a bite!  The famed Woodlawn Chipper Truck will be stopping by to make some Vendy-nominated curry fries and Irish breakfasts.  The Old Traditional Polish Cuisine food truck will be serving up kielbasa & pierogi! 

12:00-12:30PM:  OUTDOOR STAGE: Dan Neely and Company Perform Traditional Irish Tunes
Mandolin & tenor banjo player (& NYU ethnomusicology PhD) Dan Neely will be joined by Alan Murray on guitar, Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes, and Dylan Foley on fiddle.
12:30-1PM  OUTDOOR STAGE:  Malian Musical Storytelling in the Djeli Griot Tradition

1-2PM:  OUTDOOR STAGE:  Council of Literary Magazines & Presses readings

1:15-2:15PM:  African Musical Workshop presented by acclaimed Malian musician and Griot: Mr. Yacouba Sissoko
2-4PM:  A Celebration of Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology, edited by Paula Deitz
With Paula Deitz, Mark Jarman, R.S. Gwynn, Johanna Keller, Charles Martin, Jeff Kline, Alexa de Puivert.
3:30-5PM:  On The Edge: Readings from the Asian/Pacific American Avant-garde
With Tarfia Faizullah, Luis H. Francia, Hieu Minh Nguyen, April Naoko Heck.
Challenging distinctions between genre and form, these texts push the boundaries of literature, poetry, and history to defy categorization. 
3:30-5PM:  African Writers Panel hosted by Eddie Mandhry
With Deji Olukotun, Chinelo Okparanta, Tope Folarin, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Godfrey Mwampembwa.
4PM:  The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World – George Procknik in Conversation with Eric Jarosinski and Ruth Franklin
5-5:30PM: OUTDOOR STAGE:  German Folk Songs from the Lower East Side
The folk songs that German immigrants sang back then are brought back to life by Tine Kindermann and her New York-based band.
5PM:  Archipelago Books Presents: Stacey Knecht, Richard Sieburth, and Chuck Wachtel
With Jill Schoolman, Stacey Knecht, Richard Sieburth, Chuck Wachtel.

5:30PM:  Sebastian Barry reads from The Temporary Gentleman
Award-winning Irish playwright, novelist, and poet Sebastian Barry reads from his new novel.
5:30-6PM:  OUTDOOR STAGE: Albert et son orchestre
Breathing new life into the French Swing tradition, Albert Behar, joined by guest musicians, croons original songs in French and English on the accordion.
6PM:  Tales of Two Germanys: Maxim Leo and Yascha Mounk Discuss Their Memoirs,Red Love and Stranger in My Own Country with Atina Grossmann and Megan Ratner

7:30PM:  CLOSING DISCUSSION:  What’s Your Muse? Panel Discussion
With Kevin Barry, Tarfia Faizullah, Chinelo Okparanta, Benjamin Moser, George Prochnik, and moderated by Eric Banks.  How do authors find the motivation to take on their topics?  Closing reception to follow.  

The Literary Mews is presented with the support of:
The Humanities Initiative at New York University
Arts & Sciences Dean for the Humanities
Graduate School of Arts & Science
Office of the Dean Department of English
Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity
Africa House
Asian/Pacific/American Institute
Deutsches Haus
Glucksman Ireland House
La Maison Francaise
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House


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