Now in its 13th consecutive year, The New Literature from Europe Festival is an annual celebration of writing from across the European continent. Featuring readings and discussions between leading and emerging literary voices from Europe, and some of America’s foremost writers and critics, the Festival celebrates important new European literature in translation. Founded in 2003, the NLE Festival has quickly become one of New York City's top literature in translation events, attracting award-winning, best-selling and new authors from many diverse European countries each year. The NLE Festival is jointly organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and New York-based European cultural institutes. Most Festival events are free and open to the public. This year’s Festival will take place December 7-10. See the NLE Festival website for more information.  

New Literature from Europe Festival 2016: Coming of Age

Thursday December 8, 2016
07:30 pm

Tags: Event



We were pleased to partner with the New Literature from Europe Festival for a second year, and their 13th edition. We be held two events for New York’s largest festival of European literature. Each event featured some of contemporary American and European literature and criticism’s most exciting and engaging voices.


Our second panel of the evening was Coming of Age: A Conversation with Colin Barrett and Tony Wieringa, moderated by Katie Raissain. 


Making an explosive entrance onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in the Sunday Times and The Guardian, Colin Barrett’s book of short stories, Young Skins is set in the small rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub. Here and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars. Tommy Wieringa’s Little Caesar  is the story of a child’s faith despite parental betrayal and of the importance of self sacrifice, while his IMPAC Dublin Literary Award long-listed, Joe Speedboat,  follows the inhabitants of a sleepy rural town of the fictional Lomark in the municipality of Westervelt in the Netherlands, and is a supersonic story of an unlikely alliance, and a fast dash to grow up.

This was a fascinating conversation friendship and youth, of families and their scars, and the portrayal of a very particular time in a young boy’s life, moderated by associate editor at Grove Atlantic, and publisher and editor in chief of Stonecutter Journal, Katie Raissian.


Click for information about our first panel of the evening Writing to Change Hearts and Minds



Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. In 2009 he was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. Young Skins won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His work has been published in The New Yorker, A Public Space, Granta, and The Stinging Fly. In 2015, Barrett was named a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35.” Young Skins is his first book.


Tommy Wieringa (born 1967) is the author of Alles over Tristan (Everything About Tristan, 2002) and the book that propelled his breakthrough to a wide audience, Joe Speedboat (2005). His travel stories were collected in Ik was nooit in Isfahaan (I Never Went to Isfahan, 2006). In 2007, De dynamica van begeerte (The Dynamics of Desire) was published, a study into the origins of desire and the major role of pornography in the modern world. Tommy Wieringa’s works have been translated all over the world, into languages like Hebrew, Korean, French, German and English. Dit zijn de namen (These Are the Names) has been shortlisted for this year’s Libris Literatuurprijs.


Katie Raissian is an associate editor at Grove Atlantic, where she edits literary fiction and nonfiction. Her authors include Colin Barrett who was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 and winner of the Guardian First Book Award; Anna Noyes, author of Goodnight, Beautiful Women, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, and An Indie Next Pick; Bethany Ball, whose debut What to do about the Solomons is forthcoming in April 2017; and Lisa Locascio, author of Jutland Gothic (forthcoming 2018).  Katie is the publisher and editor in chief of Stonecutter Journal, an annual magazine of art and literature which focuses on publishing international writers and artists alongside US-based ones. Stonecutter has featured work by John Ashbery, Mark O’Connell, Renee Gladman, Sally Rooney, Newsha Tavakolian, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ricardo Piglia, and Sarah Wang, to name but a few. It was named one of Dazed and Confused’s “Top Ten Mags to keep you in the know.” Now residing in Queens, Katie is originally from Cork, Ireland.