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.

Featured Events

United Against Hate

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

Japanese sculptor/manga artist Rokudenashiko, Bangladeshi installation and performance artist Ali Asgar, and Iranian singer, songwriter and music scholar Mohsen Namjoo use their art to explore politics, gender and identity, facing persecution at home. Moderated by Alexandra Munroe.
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Portraying Gay Male Life Today

Artists discuss their take on the post-marriage equality yet homophobic state-of-the-world with Tobin Low, Andrew Solomon, Garth Greenwell, Ali Asgar, and Edouard Louis.
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Gender, Power, and Authoritarianism in the Dystopian Age

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

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

This year's lecture will be two-part: leading Russian and American journalist and author Masha Gessen will give a short lecture followed by a longer conversation with Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
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