PEN World Voices: Friday's Events
Following up on yesterday’s post about today’s PEN World Voices events, here’s a list of the things taking place on Friday that seem most interesting to me. (Some of which I’ll be writing about for the PEN blogs. More on that later.)
- The Poetry of Edward Hopper
(Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, 1–2 p.m.)
I’m mostly interested in this event because it centers around Ernest Farres’s Edward Hopper, a collection of poems that was the focus of the first ever Reading the World podcast that Erica and I did with Larry Venuti.
- This Critical Moment: The Journey—A National Book Critics Circle Conversation
(Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, 1–2:30 p.m.)
A couple weeks ago I actually joined the NBCC, so I have to push their events, right? Actually this panel sounds fascinating. It’s going to be a conversation among Eric Banks, Jane Ciabattari, Rigoberto González, and Mary Ann Newman about how the works by some of the authors at the festival have been received here and abroad, who their influences are, etc., etc. And one of the featured authors is our own Quim Monzo.
- Blogs, Twitter, the Kindle: The Future of Reading
(Instituto Cervantes New York, 211–215 East 49th Street, 3–4:30 p.m.)
Totally in my wheelhouse of interest. Doesn’t even matter who’s participating—if I weren’t covering something else at that time, I’d totally be there. Also want to mention that Alberto Ruy-Sanchez—who is one of the speakers—has over 4,900 friends on Facebook. That’s unbelievable. I’m not sure I’ve even met 4,900 people in my entire life.
- Utopia and Dystopia: Geographies of the Possible
(Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, 3–4:30 p.m.)
Alberto Mobilio is moderating this, so it’s bound to be awesome. And Inga Kuznetsova, Jonathan Lethem, Eshkol Nevo, and Andrzej Stasiuk is a pretty solid lineup of authors . . . Not to mention, the subject of utopias and dystopias is always pretty interesting. Again, if I didn’t have a conflict, I’d try and make this one.
- Quim Monzo in Conversation with Robert Coover
(Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, 3:30–4:30 p.m.)
This is where I’ll be during the other events I mentioned above. I’m really excited to see Quim and hear this conversation, and I’ll definitely be writing about this tomorrow. It was via Coover that I first found out about Quim back some years ago. Quim’s work is ofter compared to Coover’s, although recently Joanna Scott suggested that Peter Handke might be an even better point of reference. Regardless, this is bound to be an incredible event . . .
- A New World of Yesterday: Stefan Zweig’s Utopian Nostalgia
(Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, 7–8:30 p.m.)
I think everyone I know is going to this event. Which looks incredible. I get the sense this will be like the Walser event of a few years back, which was one of the most talked about and loved PEN World Voices panels ever. That one was a perfect introduction to the world of Robert Walser; I’m hoping this event brings Zweig the attention he deserves.
- Translation Slam
(Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 8–9:30 p.m.)
I’ve never been to this, but from what I’ve heard, it’s usually a pretty packed and energetic event. Nice way to end the night . . .