The Norwegian-American Literary Festival Returns



Photo: Johannes W. Berg.

For the last few years, The Paris Review has cohosted The Norwegian-American Literary Festival, gathering a small group of American and Norwegian writers and critics for a series of informal lectures, interviews, discussions, and music. We’re proud to announce this year’s festival itinerary: coming to New York for three nights this month, May 19, 20, and 21. All the events below are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there! And yes—that guy in the picture (Torgny Amdam of the Fun Stuff, featuring James Wood on drums) will be performing, too.

Thursday, May 19, at Black Bear Bar (70 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn)

7:00 P.M.
Readings by Rachel Kushner, Ben Marcus, Ben Lerner, and Karl Ove Knausgaard

9:30 P.M.
Music by Eric Pulido with friends and DJ Panic First


Friday, May 20, at 192 Books (192 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan)

7 P.M.
New Norwegian Literature After Knausgaard: Maja Lunde, Helga Flatland, and Johan Harstad in conversation with Cressida Leyshon, deputy fiction editor at The New Yorker

7:30 P.M.
Alternative Worlds: Karl Ove KnausgaardKatie Kitamura, Christian Kracht, and Cathrine Knudsen


Saturday, May 21, at Santos Party House (96 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)

3 P.M.
The Literature of the Real: Karl Ove KnausgaardGeir Gulliksen, Kristine Næss, and James Wood in conversation

4 P.M.
The American Short Story Versus the European: Ari BehnClaire-Louise Bennett, and Ben Marcus in conversation, moderated by Cressida Leyshon

5 P.M.
A performance from Then Silence, a play by Arne Lygre

5:30 P.M.
Memory on Film: Karl Ove Knausgaard in conversation with Joachim Trier

7 P.M.
Music by the Fun Stuff