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Voices of the Silenced: A Conversation with Scholastique Mukasonga, Idra Novey, and Marcia Tiburi

May 11, 2019 4:00 pm

Albertine Books | 972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075

A conversation presented by Words Without Borders and PEN World Voices Festival, with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy


How do we narrate violence? How do we break the painful silences that loom in its wake? Join WWB's Executive Director, Karen Phillips, as she moderates a discussion panel with Idra Novey, Scholastique Mukasonga, and Marcia Tiburi, three authors who center violence and survivors in their work. Novey's latest novel, Those Who Knew, examines the silence following a sexual assault committed by a popular politician; Mukasonga's fiction and memoir, including her latest, The Barefoot Woman, grapples with the brutality of the Rwandan genocide; and Tiburi's Under My Feet, My Whole Body narrates a woman’s endurance against both torturous and symbolic violence in dystopian São Paulo.

Date: Saturday, May 11th, 2019 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Location: Albertine Books, 972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075

Free with RSVP!

This event is presented with PEN World Voices Festival and with support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.



Scholastique Mukasonga is a Rwandan author and winner of the Prix Renaudot for her novel Our Lady of the Nile. Displaced during her childhood, she was forced to flee to Burundi and then to France. She lost 27 family members in the Rwandan genocide. Mukasonga is the author of two memoirs, The Barefoot Woman and Cockroaches.


Idra Novey
 is the author of the novel Those Who Knew, a Best Book of 2018 with NPR, Esquire, BBC, Kirkus Review, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, Ways to Disappear, won the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, among other awards. She is a translator from Spanish and Portuguese. Photo Credit: Sylvie Rosokoff


Marcia Tiburi is a Brazilian writer and philosopher. She has published several books including How to Talk to Fascists, Political Farce, Feminism for All, and My Entire Body Underfoot, and is currently working on her next novel at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Simone Marinho


Karen M. Phillips
 serves as executive director at Words Without Borders where she is focused on expanding access to international literature. Prior to joining WWB, Karen worked at the Americas Society, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and as a consultant to cultural organizations in Uganda, Argentina, and Germany.

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