New York University
16 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003
As rage surrounding America’s southern boundary intensifies, fresh visions emerge from writers whose unique experiences span both sides of the border. Jennifer Clement’s novel Prayers for the Stolen exposes the horror of women kidnapped and trafficked by drug cartels south of the border, while her Gun Love dives into the culture of violence in firearm trafficking in the U.S. And Willivaldo Delgadillo’s novels and essays explore the current of violence flowing through the El Paso-Juárez border region of his youth. Join these celebrated authors as they talk to Oliver Laughland, senior reporter at The Guardian US, about cross-cultural influences on their lives and work and the contentious issues—human trafficking, drug smuggling, and the forced separation of families—that mark the geographical, political, and literary territory of the U.S. southern border.
Since 2012, the PEN World Voices Festival and New York University’s International Houses—including Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the NYU Creative Writing Program, Deutsches Haus at NYU, Institute of African American Affairs and Center for Black Visual Culture, and La Maison Française of NYU—have collaborated in creating a festival within the festival: “The Literary Mews.” This annual event presents free literary events in and around the cobblestone streets of NYU’s storied Washington Mews. A must attend for any lover of literature.