Crossing Borders: Europe Through the Lens of Time
Dec 5 – 6, 2014
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 E 52nd St, New York

Join us for a celebration of the most exciting voices in European Literature today, guided by some of America’s top writers and critics. Come on a European journey through the lens of time that takes us on a murder mystery in France, to Italy on the brink of collapse during the end of the Second World War, to a love story in Germany, and asylum in Austria. Artistic decisions turn to a matter of life and death in the Czech Republic and survival skills are pushed to the limit in Poland’s Warsaw Ghetto.  Go back in time to life in a Hungarian village, and visit Bulgaria in the aftermath of the collapse of communism, before ending our journey in Romania, during the reign of a totalitarian regime.

Friday night will feature a Keynote by Barbara Epler, President of New Directions. Saturday’s panels will be moderated by renowned American writers Lorraine Adams, Ian Buruma, and Siri Hustvedt.

This year the festival is also pleased to host the prize-giving ceremony for the annual Polish Government Found in Translation Award, for best translation of Polish literature into English in the previous year. This year’s winner is Philip Boehm, for his translation of Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall (Peirene Press, 2013).

Admission is free, but an RSVP is necessary for each event you wish to attend. Click the links below to register.

Friday, Dec 5
Multilingual Readings and keynote
Julia Deck, Davide Longo, Nicol Ljubić, Susanne Scholl, János Háy,
Georgi Tenev, Lucian Dan Teodorovici, Magdaléna Platzová and Philip Boehm
Keynote: Barbara Epler
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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Saturday, Dec 6
Themed Panel Discussions
Each panel will be followed by a book signing

Love in a Time of War
Moderator: Lorraine Adams
Susanne Scholl, Nicol Ljubić and Philip Boehm
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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True Grit – Beating the Odds
Moderator: Ian Buruma
Julia Deck, János Háy, Davide Longo
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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Buried Secrets
Moderator: Siri Hustvedt
Magdaléna Platzová, Lucian Dan Teodorovici, Georgi Tenev
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Presentation of the Found in Translation Award to Philip Boehm
by Grzegorz Gauden, director of the Polish Book Institute
7:35 pm

Wine and Cheese Reception and Closing Remarks
7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Click here to register for “Buried Secrets,” the Found in Translation award ceremony, and the closing reception