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FLIP 2016: Some Considerations

Image: Gabriela Wiener presents with Juliana Frank at FLIP. Photo by Luisa Leme. This year the Festa Literária International de Paraty—the international literary festival better known as FLIP, an annual affair in the seaside colonial town of Paraty, Brazil, smack-dab between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro—was intended to be a spartan affair. At least to the extent a major international literary festival can be so. Brazil, we all know, is in crisis both economic and...

Q&A with Festival Neue Literatur’s Ross Benjamin

Words without Borders spoke with Festival Neue Literatur curator Ross Benjamin about FNL’s seventh annual celebration of German-language literature from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, which will take place from February 25–28 in New York City.  Words without Borders: How does Festival Neue Literatur differentiate itself from other literary festivals? Ross Benjamin: FNL is the only US festival to showcase literature originally written in German. At the same time,...

FLIP 2015: Between a Search for the Future and Nostalgia for the Past

This year's FLIP (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty, or Paraty International Literary Fest) had a certain desolate feeling for me at times. Maybe it was the weather, cloudy with intermittent rain, that contributed to the nostalgic tone. The last time I was there, in 2013, it had been a sunny week and I was writing for an online literary magazine, meeting writers I admired, two weeks after coming back from New York City, where I had been researching experimental poetry in...

We Have to Love Brazil: A FLIP Diary

Day One: Wednesday, July 4 Precisamos adorar o Brasil! We have to love Brazil! Anticipation is running high as FLIP (the Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty, or International Literary Festival of Paraty) kicks off its tenth year this evening. Set in a picturesque colonial village four hours outside Rio de Janeiro and founded by British publisher Liz Calder, FLIP has grown in size and import since its inauguration in 2003. Writers and readers—as many as 25,000...

Local Affairs

After attending the first Festa Literária Internacional de ParatióFLIPóin Brazil in 2003, Julian Barnes wrote in the Guardian, "What makes a literary festival work? Organisation, programming, author-coddling (very important), marketing; beyond these, location, location, location." Parati, a small town on the coast halfway between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, is an out-of-the way, unlikely location for a literary festivalóand it has produced unlikely...

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