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past events 2010

Tuesday, February 9

Ersi Sotiropoulos
6pm reading
7pm wine & cheese reception
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
New York University
1 Washington Place
New York, NY

Thursday, February 11

Ersi Sotiropoulos, Karen Emmerich, & Karen Van Dyck
6:30pm
reading, discussion, & celebration three new Greek translations
Book Culture
536 West 112th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, New York, 10025
212 865 1588
cosponsored by the Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University

Wednesday–Saturday, April 7–10

Associated Writing Programs Conference
2010 Annual Conference & Bookfair
Exhibit Hall A, D14
(with special guest Akashic Books)
Hyatt Regency Denver & Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

Saturday, April 10

Alex Epstein introduces Etger Keret
7:15pm
Denver Film Society
Starz FilmCenter
900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, Colorado

Monday, April 12

Alex Epstein
7pm
John Fowles Center
Dee & Don Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries
1 University Drive
Chapman University
Orange, California

Friday, April 16

4:30–6:30 pm
Edwidge Danticat, Mitchell Kaplan, Becka Mara McKay & Pam Thompson
Panel: World Literature in the United States
Wesley Gallery, Stanford Drive (across from the Lowe Art Museum)
University of Miami
Miami, FL

Friday–Saturday, April 23–24

Juniper Literary Festival book fair
Fine Arts Center
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01002

Saturday–Sunday, April 24–25

Alex Epstein
Los Angeles Times Book Festival
Los Angeles, California

Monday, April 26

7–8:30 pm
Lorraine Adams, Alex Epstein, Andrea Levy, & Norman Rush
PEN World Voices Festival
Women, Sex, and Fiction panel presented by Guernica Magazine, moderated by Claire Messud
WNYC Jerome L.Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY

Join moderator and lauded novelist Claire Messud and a prestigious panel in a lively debate on gender, culture, and literature in translation. In the 21st century, few writers want to be classified by gender, ethnicity, or the language in which they write. They'd prefer to be considered just writers now, mindful of Elizabeth Bishop's observation on gender that “art is art and to separate writings, paintings, musical compositions, etc. into two sexes is to emphasize values that are not art.” Of the Modern Library's top 100 novels of the 20th century, only nine were by women (two by Edith Wharton). Like the Modern Library's, most best-of lists include only those written in English. And less than one percent of literary fiction and poetry published in the U.S. are works in translation. Joining Messud are National Book Award-winner Norman Rush, novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lorraine Adams, Orange Prize-winner Andrea Levy, and Israeli novelist Alex Epstein to take on many of the toughest questions facing world literature today.

Friday, April 30

1–2:30 pm
Preston Allen, Alex Epstein, Aleksandar Hemon, Monique Proulx, & Martin Solares
PEN World Voices Festival
Short Stories: Past, Present, and Future
moderated by the New Yorker fiction editor, Deborah Treisman
Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY

What virtues and challenges are unique to the short story, as opposed to the novel, the essay, or the poem? What is the relationship between “flash fiction” and the traditional short story? How flexible is the form? And why is it that, even now—after Poe, Chekov, Hemingway, O’Connor, Nabokov, and Munro—the short story often gets less respect, in terms of prizes and critical esteem, than the novel? Join acclaimed practitioners of the form from Bosnia, Israel, Canada, Mexico, and the United States, for a conversation about the past, present, and future of the short story.

Friday, April 30

8–9:30 pm
PEN World Voices Festival
The Translation Slam
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery Street
New York, NY

Back for the third year running is the fast, fascinating, and fun Translation Slam. Borrowed from our friends in Montreal, and fine-tuned to a New York bent, the Translation Slam puts translators in the spotlight in a duel to the literary — not to say literal— death. Joining us for tonight’s tussle are Germany’s Thomas Pletzinger and Martin Pollack, who will be translating Cathy Park Hong, and Assaf Gavron and Barbara Harshav, who will tackle the work of Alex Epstein in Hebrew.

Sunday, May 2

Alex Epstein reading
Schoen Books
Old Firehouse
7 Sugarloaf St
South Deerfield, MA 01373
413 665 0066

Thursday–Tuesday, May 13–18

Conference on Contemporary Hebrew Writing in Translation
Includes lectures and master class with Epstein and McKay
Chicago Center for Jewish Studies
Details, 773 834 8524

Monday, May 17

4:30–6:30, Home Room
Bilingual Hebrew-English reading of Alex Epstein’s Blue Has No South
University of Chicago's International House
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
773 753 2270
A Q&A and moderated discussion will follow, with Na’ama Rokem (the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) and Jason Grunebaum (the Committee on Creative Writing, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Saturday, September 11

8:15–9 pm
Litquake: Down and Dirty Around the World
Lolita Bar
266 Broome St
New York, NY 10002
Words without Borders: The Online Magazine of International Literature presents an evening of hard-boiled, pulpy, and erotic international literature read by some of their favorite authors and translators, including our own Karen Emmerich.

Sunday, September 12

1–2 pm
Karen Emmerich at the Brooklyn Book Festival
International Stage
Brooklyn Borough Hall Park
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Reading the World: A Spotlight on International Writers. Come celebrate publishers of international literature. Declan Spring of New Directions with author/translator Susan Bernofsky; Matvei Yankelevich of Ugly Duckling Presse with Russian poet Marina Temkina; Bill Martin (Zephyr) with Polish poet Milosz Biedrzycki; and Greek translator Karen Emmerich (Archipelago and Clockroot Books) will discuss and read from their work.

Saturday, October 9

10–12 am
Uzma Aslam Khan on West Coast Live
San Francisco Ferry Building
For tickets, 415-664-9500 or Ticketweb

Saturday, October 9

7:15–8:15 pm
LitQuake LitCrawl: Fiction, reportage, and turmoil in Pakistan
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Uzma Aslam Khan and others discuss the writerly tools used to incorporate politics of place and identity into fiction and reportage. This is one of the events celebrating the new issue of Granta, about Pakistan, and featuring new work by Khan.

Sunday, October 10

5 pm
Emily Toder and James Haug read
The Slope Editions Second Sunday Reading Series
The Rendezvous
78 3rd Street
Turners Falls
413 863 2866
Followed by Karaoke! Let's drink beers, sing songs and listen to poems.

Monday, October 11

7–8 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Uzma Aslam Khan at the The Marin School
100 Ebbtide Ave #300
Sausalito, CA 94965
415 339 9336
To reserve seats, email kridge at themarinschool.org.
Uzma will read and answer questions about her work.

Tuesday, October 12

7–9 pm
Uzma Aslam Khan
Revolution Books
2425 Channing Way
(Sather Gate Parking Mall off Telegraph Avenue)
Berkeley, CA 94704
510 848 1196

Thursday, October 14

8:30–10 am
Uzma Aslam Khan: "War in Literature and Film—Consequences of War"
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Wednesday, November 3

7 pm
Pam Thompson, Julie Bartlett, and Patricia Holland
Local History and Novelists Reading Series
The Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413 587 1011
The series invites the community to enjoy and join in the conversation between history and fiction that both engages and creates our changing cultures.

Tuesday, November 30

7:30 pm
Emily Toder reads from The Life and Memoirs of Doctor Pi
Schoen Books
In the Old Firehouse, 7 Sugarloaf
South Deerfield
413 863 2866
Emily reads with Nick Rattner and Mart del Pozo, who will read from their translation of the Peruvian Yván Yauri’s Fire Wind, forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse.