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) Award-winning poet and curator of “The City and the Writer,” starring Alain Mabanckou (Congo-France-USA) Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire; Amanda Michalopoulo (Greece) Academy of Athens Prize winner; Carlo Lucarelli (Italy) Best-selling novelist and television presenter; Angie Cruz (Dominican-American) Gold Medal Latino Book Award winner; Rana Kazkaz (Syria-USA), Award-winning filmmaker; David Henry Hwang (American) Tony Award winner; Isabella Hammad (British) Granta Best of Young British Novelists; Fernanda Trías (Uruguay) Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize winner; Shahad Al-Rawi (Iraq) Edinburgh Prize for First Fiction; Wole Soyinka (Nigeria) Nobel Prize winner; Rachel Holmes (United Kingdom), award-winning biographer.

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

In Collaboration with

Hawthornden Foundation

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