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Today in International Lit

By David Varno

Upcoming Events:

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega's Legacy
America's Society
Friday, October 23
7:00 pm
Free admission

As a follow-up to the Fall 2009 symposium marking the 400th anniversary of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega's Royal Commentaries (part one), a group of celebrated Peruvian prose writers from the Andean region of Peru, whose work reflects the influence of Inca Garcilaso will present their work to the New York City public. Jorge Díaz Herrera (Pata de perro), Nilo Espinoza Haro (Bruniquilda), and Alfredo Pita (El cazador ausente) will read their original Spanish-language texts; translator Jason Weiss will read English versions of the authors' work. The writers will also be showcased in a special issue of Review 79 (Fall 2009).


Ira Glass & Etgar Keret: Is Reality Overrated?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
7:00pm in the Celeste Bartos Forum

This American Life host Ira Glass talks with writer Etgar Keret about his short fiction and films (with special clips), runaway piggy banks, bus drivers and other, lesser gods. Etgar Keret will mark this occasion with the world premiere of a special short story he has written and will read on October 28th at LIVE from the NYPL.


NYRB Classics, Tenth Anniversary

Writing Hell: Curzio Malaparte & Vasily Grossman, bearing witness on opposite sides of the Eastern Front

Presented by The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU & The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies of The New School

6:00 pm
Film screening of Frederick Wiseman’s “The Last Letter,” drawn from Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate

7:30 pm
Edwin Frank, editor of NYRB Classics, moderates a discussion with filmmaker Frederick Wiseman; film and sound editor, and translator of Malaparte stories, Walter Murch; author and former war correspondent Chris Hedges; Yale historian and New York Review of Books contributor Timothy Snyder; and Chair of Italian Studies at NYU, Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Thursday October 29, 2009

Tishman Auditorium of the New School
66 West 12th Street
New York City


Peter Cole reading in New York.

From New Directions:

October 29: Peter Cole will talk about the poetry in the materiality of daily life, such as the objects in Margrieta's inventory or those mentioned in letters of medieval Jewish traders found in the Cairo Geniza, and how these odds and ends helped him to shape his book Things On Which I've Stumbled published in 2008 by New Directions. Bard Graduate Center, 38 W. 86th St., 6-8pm. $25 general / $17 seniors

November 3: Poems and Pints. Peter Cole and Robert Polito will read at the Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St.

And make sure to read the New Directions blog, with recent interview from Horacio Castellanos Moya and Susan Bernofsky.

Published Oct 21, 2009   Copyright 2009 David Varno

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