Yesterday, the German Consulate General had the immense pleasure of hosting the opening event for this year’s Festival Neue Literatur at the German House. Under the motto “In Memory we trust” the 10th anniversary of the festival honors six extraordinary German, Swiss and Austrian authors for their achievements in German literature. In addition, the Friedrich Ulfers Prize is awarded to a leading publisher, writer, critic, translator, or scholar who has excelled at German-language literature in the United States. The prize is named after German-American Associate Professor Friedrich Ulfers who has been awarded multiple honors for his excellence in teaching about German literature in the US. At last night’s opening, this prize was awarded to Susan Bernofsky.
The authors from Germany at this year’s festival include Stefanie de Velasco and Pierre Jarawan. Stefanie de Velasco is honored for her debut novel Tigermilch (Tiger Milk). Published in 2013, the novel has been translated into various languages and was also turned into a movie. Pierre Jarawan, a famous slam poet, is honored for his book The Storyteller for which he was also presented with the City of Munich literary scholarship.
Festival Neue Literatur has the ultimate goal of making German literature known to a larger public in the US by bringing together German speaking authors with two award winning American authors each year. Click here for an overview of their other events this weekend: FNL