2007, Thu, Sep 06


Downtown, Uptown, Crosstown - Literature from New York

Sapphire | (c) Sapphire

Sapphire | (c) Sapphire

Ten protagonists of the New York literary scene read at the House of World Cultures: famous voices and newcomers, novelists and poets. Polyphony in all respects – these authors offer insights into the diversity of cultural, ethnic and social affiliations that make up life in New York. They tell of worlds between cultures, of experience at the margins of society, and they search for forms through which to portray the complexity of our globalised present.

Sapphire focuses on the flip-side of the American dream of the right to happiness and individual fulfilment. The African-American poet, performer and queer activist brings to light what white, heterosexual "normality" excludes from view. Her novel "Push" made her known to a wider public in Germany. At the House Sapphire will read from her yet untitled wew novel about the young X.K., who is growing up in a New York orphanage.

Moderated by Ekpenyong Ani, Orlanda Frauenverlag Berlin.

In cooperation with the international literature festival berlin.