May 01 - 07 2017
New York City


Founded in the aftermath of 9/11 by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts, the United States’ only international literature festival aims to broaden international dialogue and combat isolationism. We invite you to join more than 150 authors and artists from all over the world in this moment of unprecedented threats to freedom and truth—and of emboldened mobilization and resistance—and examine bigotry, misogyny, and xenophobia and to bolster the movement to counter them. Exploring the theme Gender and Power, these events will celebrate the transcendent power of art to enable people to see beyond their differences.

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United Against Hate

Voices in the arts rally against hate, with performances, readings, and conversations from Patti Smith with her daughter Jesse Smith, Ani DiFranco, Marlon James, Colum McCann, Adonis, and Salman Rushdie.
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Exposure: Gender, Sex and Power

Japanese sculptor/manga artist Rokudenashiko, Bangladeshi installation and performance artist Ali Asgar, and others use their bodies to explore politics of gender and identity, facing persecution at home.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah

A discussion on straddling multiple cultural identities between Nigerian-born National Book Award winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah, the South African- born host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
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Dystopian Wastelands

How do we imagine the world ending? With Claire Vaye Watkins, Jeff VanderMeer and Emily St. John Mandel.
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Gender, Power and Authoritarianism in the Dystopian Age

How is controlling reproductive rights at a crossroads? With Marge Piercy and Basma Abdel Aziz.
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Pen vs. Sword: Satire vs the State

With Mo Rocca, Djiboutian novelist Abdourahman Waberi, Bosnian-born novelist Aleksandar Hemon, Russian/American journalist Masha Gessen, and others discuss state powers that often out-satirizes fiction. (Sponsored by Greenlight Bookstore.)
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