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.
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.
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.
Bold new writing is coming from Argentinean writers, at home and abroad. A celebration of Samanta Schweblin (Fever Dream), Mariana Enriquez (Things We Lost in the Fire), and Pola Oloixarac (Savage Theories). Moderated by Lina Meruane.
Renowned comic artists who put the graphic in graphic art talk and illustrate the limits of obscenity, with renowned graphic artists Gengoroh Tagame (Japan), Simon Hanselmann (Australia), and Julia Gfrorer... Read More
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.)
The culminating festival event has been delivered in the past by such luminaries as Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This year’s lecturer will be announced in the coming weeks.