A Words Without Borders celebration of multicultural, multilingual authors reading their works.

Join a diverse lineup of award-winning writers as they come together to celebrate and share their writing. The evening is inspired by the column “The City and the Writer” for Words without Borders magazine, the most important international literature magazine in the United States, celebrating its 20th anniversary. The column takes readers on journeys — ruminations on urban life and the imagination, literature and language, translation and transitions.

This global gathering is curated by NYU Abu Dhabi’s Nathalie Handal (USA-France-Palestine) Award-winning poet and curator of “The City and the Writer,” starring Alain Mabanckou (Congo-France-USA) Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire, Naomi Shihab Nye (Palestinian-American) Young People’s Poet Laureate, Giancarlo de Cataldo (Italy) Award-winning screenwriter, Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone-Scotland) Windham Campbell Prize winner, David Henry Hwang (American) Tony Award winner, Geetanjali Shree (India) Booker Prize winner, Isabella Hammad (Britain-Palestine) Granta Best of Young British Novelists, Fernanda Trías (Uruguay) Award-winning novelist, Maryam Madjidi (France) Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman, Shahad Al-Rawi (Iraq) Edinburgh Prize for First Fiction, with Sam Nester (Australia-USA) on the trumpet.

Curated by
  • Nathalie Handal, Visiting Associate Professor of Practice in Literature and Creative Writing, NYU Abu Dhabi

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