New Literature from Europe Festival 2011

Crime Scene: Europe

The Eighth Annual New Literature from Europe Festival

November 15-20, 2011 in New York City

Europe is in the midst of a crime wave–a surge of creative and innovative detective fiction that pays its respects to the traditions of noir while incorporating the psychological novel, the political thriller, and the border-crossings that reflect the increasingly globalized culture of the EU. The eighth annual New Literature from Europe Festival, organized by eight European Cultural Institutes in New York, will present a series of readings and discussions in Manhattan and Brooklyn from November 15-17, 2011, with writers Caryl Férey (France), Zygmunt Miłoszewski (Poland), Ana Maria Sandu (Romania), Stefan Slupetzky (Austria), José Carlos Somoza (Spain), and Jan Costin Wagner (Germany), joined by U.S. guest author Dan Fesperman.

A special film series complements this year’s spoken word programs, featuring both adaptations of crime novels and new approaches to the genre that play with the conventions of film noir. Presented in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image from November 18-20, 2011, the series ranges from Czech and Austrian films of the ‘40s and the early ‘50s rarely seen in the U.S., to contemporary productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Romania, including the critically acclaimed works Aurora by Cristi Puiu and The Double Hour by Giuseppe Capotondi. Authors Zygmunt Miłoszewski and Jan Costin Wagner will be present to discuss film versions of their novels featured in the Festival.

All literary events are free and open to the public. For tickets for the film screenings, visit

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Partner Institutions

The festival is organized by the New York branches of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Czech Center, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Goethe-Institut, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Polish Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, and Instituto Cervantes, within the framework of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), in collaboration with the Center for Fiction, BookCourt, Museum of the Moving Image, The Mysterious Bookshop, InTranslation/The Brooklyn Rail, and Words Without Borders, and with the support of the EU Delegation to the UN.


Caryl Férey, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Ana Maria Sandu, Stefan Slupetzky, José Carlos Somoza, Jan Costin Wagner


Anthea Bell, Alistair Ian Blyth, John Cullen, Mara Faye Lethem, Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Madeleine Velguth