5th Festival Neue Literatur to Bring German Authors to NYC

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

The fifth annual Festival Neue Literatur will take place this year between February 28 and March 2 in New York City with the mission of introducing “New Writing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S.”

The festival includes a series of readings, panel discussions and a “literary brunch” with this year’s participating authors:

  • Milena Michiko Flašar (Austria)
  • Olga Grjasnowa (Germany)
  • Maja Haderlap (Austria)
  • Abbas Khider (Germany)
  • Melinda Nadj Abonji (Switzerland)
  • Richard Weihe (Switzerland)
  • Monique Truong (USA)
  • Keith Gessen (USA)

At the opening ceremony of Festival Neue Literatur on February 27, the Friedrich Ulfers Prize for “the advancement of German-language literature in the United States” will be awarded to Sara Bershtel, publisher of Metropolitan Books for introducing many German authors to English-speaking readers.

The festival is free and open to the public, with RSVP. To find out more about these authors, their books and all the events visit Festival Neue Literatur online or watch this brand new trailer, featuring the curator Tess Lewis.

Festival Neue Literatur is organized by Austrian Cultural Forum, Columbia University, Deutsches Haus at NYU, German Book Office New York, German Consulate New York, Goethe Institut, Prohelvetia and the Swiss Consulate in New York.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.