NY: Literature ‘What a Way to Make a Livin’ – Writing about Work, Nov 1, 2023

The Festival Neue Literatur satellite event, “What a Way to Make a Livin’: Writing about Work,” will feature readings by and a conversation among authors Dorothee ElmigerAndrea GrillAnja Kampmann, and Christine Smallwood, and will be moderated by Tess Lewis. The conversation will be preceded by the 2023 Friedrich Ulfers Prize ceremony. This year’s prize will be awarded to the literary translator and writer Tess Lewis. The laudation will be delivered by Andrea Grill. Professor Friedrich Ulfers (NYU) will provide short remarks.

About the Festival Neue Literatur Satellite Event “What a Way to Make a Livin’: Writing about Work”

In this conversation, a Festival Neue Literatur (FNL) satellite event, acclaimed German- and English-language authors Dorothee Elmiger, Andrea Grill, Anja Kampmann, and Christine Smallwood will read from their recent work and discuss “What a Way to Make a Livin’: Writing about Work.” Their conversation will be moderated by award-winning literary translator and writer Tess Lewis.

About the Participants

Dorothee Elmiger was born in Switzerland. She is the author of Out of the Sugar FactoryShift Sleepers, and Invitation to the Bold of Heart. Elmiger has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Aspekte Literature Prize for the best debut novel written in German, the 2021 Schillerpreis, and most recently the 2022 Nicolas Born Prize. Out of the Sugar Factory was shortlisted for both the German and the Swiss Book Award. Elmiger is an editor at Volte Books. She lives in New York City.

Andrea Grill, born in Bad Ischl, Austria, is a widely acclaimed poet, novelist, essayist, and renowned translator from Albania. She earned a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Amsterdam. She has often incorporated her research into her literary work, as seen in her 2015 novel, Das Paradies des Doktor Caspari, and two of her children’s books, Sam und die Evolution and Bio-diversi-was?, which were both published in 2023. Her poetry collection, Happy Bastards, was recommended by the German Academy for Language and Literature. Her novel Cherubino was nominated for the 2019 German Book Prize. In 2021, Grill was also the recipient of the esteemed Anton Wildgans Prize. She lives in Vienna and Amsterdam. Beginning this November, Grill will become Deutsches Haus at NYU’s new writer-in-residence.

German author Anja Kampmann, who was born in Hamburg and now resides in Leipzig, received the Mara Cassens Prize and the Lessing Promotion Prize for her debut novel, High as the Waters Rise. The book was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award. Additionally, Kampmann was awarded the renowned Bergen-Enkheim Prize and received nominations for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and the German Book Prize.

Christine Smallwood is the author of the novel The Life of the Mind, which Time magazine named one of the top ten fiction books of 2021. She has written for many publications, including Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, Bookforum, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2023, she received the Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize from n+1 and a work-in-progress grant from the Silvers Foundation. Her short book on Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, La Captive, is forthcoming from Fireflies Press.

Tess Lewis (moderator) is a translator from French and German. Her translations include works by Peter Handke, Walter Benjamin, Lutz Seiler, Jonas Lüscher, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and Montaigne. Her translation of Maja Haderlap’s Angel of Oblivion won the ACFNY Translation Prize and the 2017 PEN Translation Award. A Guggenheim and Berlin Prize fellow and an American Library in Paris Scholar of Note, she is an Advisory Editor for The Hudson Review and co-curator of the Festival Neue Literatur, New York City’s annual festival of German language literature in English.

November 1 | 6 – 7.30 pm

Goethe-Institut New York30 Irving Place New York, NY 10003

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