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The Literary Mews at NYU: A Day of Festivities

Global bazaar meets county fair at this third annual festival within the Festival. Discover a world of literature and music in NYU’s beautiful Washington Mews and its international houses and institutes.

All events are free and open to the public.



7:00 PM


Prelude to the Literary Mews: Thursday, May 7th

The New Salon: Poets in Conversation
With: Yona Harvey, Charif Shanahan, Afaa Weaver

Yona Harvey and Afaa Weaver in conversation with Charif Shanahan. 


10:30 AM


Writers Workshop: Liberty in All Its Forms
RSVP required: www.nyuafricahouse.org
With: Véronique Tadjo

A poetry workshop with Véronique Tadjo. 


12:00 PM


Opening Panel: Discussing Diaspora
RSVP required: www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu
With: Rashidah Ismaili, Cormac James, Abdourahman Waberi, Kerry Young
Moderated by: Eric Banks

Rashidah Ismaili, Cormac James, Abdourahman Waberi, Kerry Young, and others discuss their thoughts on the diaspora.


12:00 PM


Outdoors: On the Mews

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Literary Magazine and Book Fair on the Mews


1:00 PM



1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Tiga Jean-Baptiste: Sounds of Africa
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Musical Interlude
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Tine Kindermann & Band: Spring Time, Pretty Ring Time
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Dan Neely (Mandolin, Tenor Banjo) and Friends Perform Traditional Irish Tunes


1:15 PM


African Musical Workshop: The Art of Storytelling through Music
RSVP required: www.nyuafricahouse.org


2:00 PM


*CANCELED* A Conversation with Jean-Christophe Rufin


3:00 PM


Author Reading and Lecture: Abdourahman Waberi
With: Abdourahman Waberi

This lecture by Abdourahman Waberi will focus on his individual writing, translation, and the process of writing in diaspora.


4:00 PM


Reading Between the Lines/Languages: Moroccan Poetry in Text, Translation, and Performance
With: Idriss Aissa, Omar Berrada, Alexander Elinson, Deborah Kapchan, Driss Mesnaoui

A program of readings (with translation) by Moroccan poets Idriss Aissa and Driss Mesnaoui, with commentary and critique from Omar Berrada,
Alexander Elinson, and Deborah Kapchan.


4:00 PM


Afro-Asian Mixtapes: Overlapping Literary Diasporas in the Caribbean
RSVP required: www.apa.nyu.edu/events
With: Ifeona Fulani, Kerry Young
Moderated by: Rishi Nath

A reading and listening session highlighting the literary intersections between Asian and African diasporas in the Caribbean.


5:00 PM


Discussing Another Country: South Africa’s New Portraits
RSVP required: deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu
With: Reiner Leist, Hlonipha Mokoena

A conversation between photographer Reiner Leist and Hlonipha Mokoena, professor of anthropology at Columbia University.


5:00 PM


Poetry Reading
With: Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Parneshia Jones, Ladan Osman

Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Parneshia Jones, and Ladan Osman will read from their work.


5:00 PM


Cormac James Launches The Surfacing
RSVP required: www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu
With: Cormac James

Irish novelist Cormac James launches The Surfacing, his novel about a ship that is threatened by ever-hardening Arctic ice when its lieutenant
discovers that a stowaway will give birth to his child and finds the courage to lead.


6:00 PM


The Passion of Elena Ferrante
RSVP required: www.casaitaliananyu.org
With: Rebecca FalkoffAnn Goldstein

Award-winning translator Ann Goldstein (The New Yorker) and NYU professor Rebecca Falkoff will discuss the anonymous Italian author,
whose devastatingly honest novels—particularly the epic Neapolitan tatralogy—have moved readers to a rare and visceral passion.


7:30 PM


Édouard Glissant: Everything Scatter, Scatter
RSVP required: www.casaitaliananyu.org
With: Kaiama Glover, Achille Mbembe, Véronique Tadjo
Moderated by: Christopher Winks

This celebration of the late Martinican writer, poet, and cultural commentator brings together Kaiama Glover, Achille Mbembe, and
Véronique Tadjo to discuss his intriguing work.


Additional events will be presented by the NYU Institute of African American Affairs and will be announced here: as.nyu.edu/page/literarymews


The Literary Mews is presented with the support of:

The Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity
The Humanities Initiative at New York University
Arts & Science Dean for the Humanities
Graduate School of Arts & Science Office of the Dean
The Department of English


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