The first event of this year's festival, on Friday Feb. 10, will be hosted by a partner new to the festival this year: Deutsches Haus at Columbia University. All six writers will be participating in workshop discussions there with graduate students from Columbia's German Department and from the MFA Writing program at the School of the Arts. These sessions will take place partly in German and mostly in English, and are open to the public. 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday evenings (Feb. 11 and 12), we will present groups of three festival authors reading from their latest books and participating in panel discussions with our American guest authors. Both evening events will take place at 6:00 p.m., at powerHouse Arena on Saturday, and McNally Jackson Books on Sunday.
One additional event will be held on Sunday at noon, the Frühschoppen literary brunch, a perennial FNL favorite: In this potpourri of short readings, all six writers read briefly from their books in German, followed by readings of the English translations (we splurged on actors this year, so the readings should be particularly good). Then we'll chow down. It's not too late to RSVP for this, but I'd do so promptly if I were you.
We've also put together a helpful website on which you will find the complete program for the festival, along with information on all the authors (bio notes, book synopses, sample translations). We hope you'll check it out.
And I'm delighted to note also that the Festival has been getting a lot of great press this week. Time Out NY chose it as a "Critics' Pick" for the weekend; Chad Post wrote it up for the Three Percent blog; literary critic Liesl Schillinger (who'll be moderating our Sunday evening panel) wrote about it for Publishing Perspectives; I wrote about it for Words without Borders; Publishing Trendsetters interviewed GBO staff member Brittany Hazelwood on why the festival is so important for young book professionals; and along the way we acquired a Facebook page. I was also somehow persuaded to record a short video welcoming everyone to the festival. Here it is:
And one last note: The festival will secretly be opening on Thursday evening with a private reception where folks in the publishing industry can meet our fresh-off-the-plane writers. If you're in the book business and somehow didn't get an invitation yet, drop us a note ASAP so we can do something about it.