In honor of Immigrant Heritage Week, The New York Public Library will launch its second annual World Literature Festival (www.nypl.org/worldliteraturefestival)—a series of programs, author talks, multilingual storytimes, poetry workshops, and book recommendations that celebrate the diverse communities of New York City. Beginning April 11 and running through the end of the month, the Festival highlights the extensive resources available at the Library and reflects the many cultures and languages of its patrons.
The Library’s World Languages collection, which features books in over 60 languages available online and at branches throughout the system, is the cornerstone of the World Literature Festival. Patrons interested in reading stories from around the world can find book recommendations in a variety of languages curated by NYPL’s expert librarians and posted throughout the month at nypl.org/worldliteraturefestival. Books are available to download using the Library’s e-reader app, SimplyE, or available for checkout at local branches.
The Festival will also host a dynamic schedule of events online or in-person featuring international writers, including panel discussions Poetry Across Languages with Fady Joudah, Tomás Q. Morín, and Niina Pollari on April 11, Cultures in Translation with Jean Kwok, Etgar Keret, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras on April 14, and Japanese Crime Fiction: How It Caught The World with Allison Markin Powell, Marie Iida, and Juliet Grames on April 20. A selection of programs with authors from around the world, called In Conversation, will also be presented in the writer’s language.
For children, the Festival will also feature bilingual storytimes hosted throughout the month by librarians from branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Parents and caregivers can also access previously recorded videos of storytimes in Ukrainian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and French at www.nypl.org/littlelearners, as well as audio recordings of multilingual storytimes at www.nypl.org/storyline.
For more information about the events and activities at the Library’s World Literature Festival, visit www.nypl.org/worldliteraturefestival.