November 16, 2018 Events

Book Culture,
536 West 112th St
between Broadway and Amsterdam
New York, NY 10025

6:00 p.m.

A Literary Guide to Trump’s America: Isabel Lucas’s Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Portuguese journalist Isabel Lucas has interviewed some of literature’s biggest names: Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Mendelsohn, Salman Rushdie, Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche. In Journey to the Heart of the American Dream: America by the Book—a multi-genre book combining literary criticism and reportage—she turns her attention to Donald Trump’s America and what American literary greats like Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and others can tell us about the rise of America’s 45th president. Moderated by Eric M. B. Becker of Words Without Borders.

7:00 p.m.

Letters from a Seducer: John Keene on translating Brazilian great Hilda Hilst and the influence of Brazil on his own work

Newly-minted MacArthur Genius John Keene discusses his work translating Hilda Hilst, to whom the 2018 Pessoa Festival pays tribute. Hilst’s Letters from a Seducer is a work which describes the everyday life of Karl, a wealthy, erudite, and amoral man who seeks an answer to his incomprehension of life through sex. Karl writes and sends twenty provocative letters to Cordelia, his chaste sister. The letters’ text becomes intertwined with the life of the poet Stamatius, who finds Karl’s letters in the trash. Moderated by Anderson Tepper of Vanity Fair.

November 17, 2018

All events on Saturday, November 17 will be viewable via a live webstream for those unable to attend in person.Lenfest Center for the Arts | Columbia University

615 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027

New Writing from Brazil

This evening celebrates the Columbia University School of the Arts’s partnership with the Instituto Vera Cruz in São Paulo, Brazil, as part of the Word for Word translation exchange. In collaboration with the journals Words Without Borders and Pessoa as well as the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro, the School of the Arts presents a number of leading writers visiting from Brazil in conversation with writers from Columbia’s Writing Program. Registration is requested (free).

6:00 p.m.


Sam Lipsyte, Writing Program Chair, SoA


Susan Bernofsky SoA
Eric M. B. Becker, Words Without Borders

6:15 p.m.

Writing Place

Four writers from Brazil and the United States discuss the evocation of time and place in this conversation moderated by Rivka Galchen.

Estevão Azevedo
Paul Beatty, SoA
Alexandre Vidal Porto
Roberto Taddei

moderated by Rivka Galchen, SoA

7:15 p.m.

Writing Our Time

Writers from Brazil and the United States talk about the importance of writing as a witness and a challenge to our times in this conversation moderated by Susan Bernofsky.

Leslie Jamison, SoA
Ismar Tirelli Neto
Carol Rodrigues

moderated by Susan Bernofsky, SoA

8:00 p.m.