About NLE

“So much of publishing literature from around the world is based on friendships–knowing people and talking with them about books. The New Literature from Europe Festival brings great writers to New York year after year; awards prizes to such great translators as Philip Boehm; and introduces us to new authors and new friends. And, as Charlie Brown from the Peanuts says, ‘I need all the friends I can get.’ ” – Barbara Epler, Publisher, New Directions


The New Literature from Europe Festival is an annual celebration of writing from across the European continent. Featuring readings and discussions between leading and emerging literary voices from Europe, and some of America’s foremost writers and critics, the Festival celebrates important new European literature in translation. Founded in 2003, the NLE Festival has quickly become one of New York City’s top literature in translation events, attracting award-winning, best-selling and new authors from many diverse European countries each year. The NLE Festival is jointly organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and New York-based European cultural institutes. Most Festival events are free and open to the public. Join us on December 7-10 for this year’s Festival and follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for updates.

Featured Authors & Special Guests

New Literature from Europe Festival 2016

Participating Cultural Institutes


The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) is the cultural embassy of Austria in the United States. Located in an extraordinary architectural landmark building in Manhattan, it hosts around 200 free events annually and showcases a mix of Austrian and international contemporary art, music, literature, film, and academic thought. Website | Twitter | Facebook


A national institute established to support the worldwide community of Hungarian education, the Balassi Institute also introduces the traditions and cultures preserved by Hungarians from outside our borders to those living in Hungary today. Website | Facebook

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The Consulate General of Denmark facilitates networking events and projects with a number of local partners and companies as well as educational and cultural institutions in the Tri-State area and across the United States. Please add hyper links: Website | Twitter | Facebook


Since 1995, Czech Center New York has been building dialogue among the Czech Republic and the American public particularly in the areas of culture, business and tourism. Czech Center New York is primarily focused on presenting the latest and most innovative works of Czech Artists to the U.S. Currently there are 24 Czech Centers in 21 countries globally. Website | Twitter | Facebook


The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation promotes the teaching and professionalization of creative writing in Bulgaria; encourages, challenges, and publishes highly talented literary writers in Bulgaria; creates connections among Bulgarian, American, and British writers; assists in the training of translators for contemporary Bulgarian literature; facilitates the publication of Bulgarian writers in English; and nurtures readership of Bulgarian writers in Bulgaria and abroad. Website | Twitter | Facebook


The Goethe-Institut New York fosters cultural cooperation and promotes German language learning by offering the public opportunities to interact with themes and questions relevant to German culture and society. Website | Twitter | Facebook


The Institut Ramon Llull is a public body founded with the purpose of promoting Catalan language studies at universities abroad, the translation of literature and thought written in Catalan, and Catalan cultural production in other areas like theatre, film, circus, dance, music, the visual arts, design and architecture. Website | Twitter | Facebook


The Polish Cultural Institute New York builds, nurtures, and promotes cultural exchange between the United States and Poland by presenting Polish culture to American audiences and by connecting Polish artists, researchers and scholars from various fields to American institutions, introducing them to their professional counterparts in the United States, and facilitating their participation in contemporary American culture. Website | Twitter | Facebook


The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCI) is dedicated to cultural diplomacy and international arts exchange. RCI has forged a highly visible and flourishing open space for intercultural dialogue, connecting vibrant Romanian arts and artists to the evolving international scene. Website | Twitter | Facebook

Sponsors and Media Partners

Contact Information

Executive Producers: 

Caro Llewellyn: caro@20squarefeet.com
Jill Brack: jill@20squarefeet.com

For Sponsorship and Media Inquiries:
20 Square Feet: info@20squarefeet.com

For Participation:
Sean Bye: sean.bye@instytutpolski.org
President, NLE