Lectures & Literary past

New Literature from Europe Festival


SAT– 11-7-15 – 1-5:30 PM

This year the New Literature from Europe Festival comes to Scandinavia House. The New Literature from Europe Festival is an annual celebration of writing from across the European continent. Featuring readings and discussions between leading and emerging literary voices from Europe, and some of America’s foremost writers and critics, the Festival celebrates important new European literature in translation.

Founded in 2003, the NLE Festival has quickly become one of New York City’s top literature in translation events, attracting award-winning, best-selling and new authors from many diverse European countries each year. The NLE Festival is jointly organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and New York-based European cultural institutes. All three Festival events at Scandinavia House are free and open to the public. For additional Festival information and events visit newlitfromeurope.org.


SAT– 11-7-15 –1-2 PM

Tomáš Halík is a Czech Catholic scholar who has worked underground to promote democracy and morality before communism fell in Czechoslovakia in 1989. He has continuously advanced humankind and his theology of paradox invites believers and atheists to dialogue. He is the author of 17 best-selling books and the winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize for his work affirming the spiritual dimension of life.

Previous winners include the Dalai Lama, South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu and British astrophysicist Martin Rees. Professor Halík is currently a professor of sociology in Prague, pastor of the Academic Parish, President of the Czech Christian Academy and a visiting professor at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard Universities. Today, he will discuss spirituality and the relationship between faith, love and God and read from his new book, I Want You to Be. Book sales and signing to follow.


SAT– 11-7-15 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Join Bernhard Aichner whose best-selling novel and first in a trilogy, Woman of the Dead is currently in pre-production for the big screen, Niccolò Ammaniti, whose novels Me and You, and I’m Not Scared were adapted into major feature films directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and Gabriele Salvatores, and György Spiró, playwright of more than twenty controversial theatrical productions worldwide in a panel discussion with Michael Maher, award winning BBC journalist, author and documentary filmmaker on what is lost or gained when a book is adapted for the big screen or the stage.

Book sales and signing to follow.

Participants: Bernhard Aichner, Niccolò Ammaniti and György Spiró. Moderator Michael Maher.


SAT– 11-7-15 – 4-5:30 PM

Where does Europe start and where does it end? Most countries share common historical experiences, but today with millions of refugees spilling across Europe, deep fault-lines are beginning to appear questioning our beliefs and testing our humanity. Tonight we ask some of our guests to reflect upon the power of literature by reading from work that has the power to either bring us together or tear us apart.


Join us as we bridge geographical and cultural divides in an effort to come together. Book sales/signing and cocktail reception to follow.

Participants: Niccolò Ammaniti, Tomáš Halík, Wojciech Jagielski, Josefine Klougart, Alek Popov, György Spiró, Bogdan Suceavă, Bettina Suleiman and Ardian Vehbiu, with introductory remarks from Sean Bye, NLE Festival President and  Morgan Entrekin, President and Publisher of Grove Atlantic and Founder of the website Literary Hub.