The Russians are Coming! Read Russia (readrussia2012.com), a new initiative celebrating contemporary Russian literature and book culture, will host more than 50 Russian writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, and historians in events around New York City, June 2-7.
These events will highlight the best of current Russian literature and non-fiction works as well as launch an Institute of Translation and a new 100-volume Russian Library of classics in English. Presentations will focus on fiction, politics, and culture with events featuring readings, workshops, and film screenings.
Some highlights include: Natalia Solzhenitsyn who will present, for the first time in the US, the Alexander Solzhenitsyn Archive; the bestselling Edward Radzinsky and Solomon Volkov, announcing new historical novels and cultural histories of Russia; readings by award winning authors Mikhail Shishkin, Andrei Gelasimov, Vladimir Makanin, Dmitry Bykov, and Zakhar Prilepin, whose new works are being published in English. All participants are available for interviews.
In addition, there is a new public exhibition of art from Russian children’s books, 1881-1939, at Gallery 172 (172 Duane St), and a series of late-night parties, music, and performances devoted to Russian literature called Read Russia Roof at the Dream Hotel (full schedule available at readrussia2012.com).
Some events are in conjunction with the BookExpo America (BEA), where Russia is the 2012 guest of honor, and sponsored by Russia’s Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication. Read Russia is by far the largest and most complete organized program on Russian literature and culture ever organized in the United States. Most of the events are free and offer the opportunity to meet and engage with a new generation of Russian literary leaders and newsmakers.
For a complete listing of events or additional information about Read Russia, please visit: readrussia2012.com
Thanks to Perri Dorset for this post.