New York City to Celebrate Russian Literature at Citywide Festival This May

New York City to Celebrate Russian Literature at Citywide Festival This May

At a time of heightening tensions between the United States and Russia, a weeklong literary festival will seek to increase understanding across cultures with a citywide series of panels, screenings, and in-person conversations featuring some of Russia's most acclaimed new authors, famed translators of Russian fiction, and several of the world's leading Russian literature scholars and literary critics.

With most events free and open to the public, Russian Literature Week 2017 will take place May 1-6 in literary venues across New York City including Book Culture, the Strand Bookstore, New York University, Columbia University, the Grolier Club, and the Russian Samovar restaurant.

The literature and translation festival is presented by Read Russia, established in 2012 to celebrate Russian literature and Russian book culture. In addition to Russian Literature Week, Read Russia sponsors The Russian Library, a series of 100 works of modern and classic Russian literature that will be published in English by Columbia University Press over the next ten years, and the Read Russia Prize, a $10,000 award honoring the best translations of Russian literature. Read Russia is based in New York, London, and Moscow.

Highlights of this year's festival include a conversation on gender and power in Russian literature; events celebrating the launch of the Russian Library and the 2017 Read Russia Prize; and an online film series featuring films based on and inspired by Russian literature, including Finding Babel, a 2016 documentary about famed writer Isaac Babel (Red Cavalry), a filmed theatrical production of the classic Alexander Pushkin poem Eugene Onegin, and more.