On 19 November 2014 I'm talking with four (of the thirteen) winners of the EU Prize for Literature 2014 at a literary evening in Brussels: Marente de Moor (NL), Milen Ruskov (Bulgaria), Jan Němec (Czech Republic) and Birgül Oğuz (Turkey). These writers will also read from their work. The evening begins at 8pm at the Passa Porta International Literature house (A. Dansaertstraat 49, 1000 Brussels).
This month McSweeney's publishes my essay "Passion Pieces". The essay is partly memoir and partly a reflection on recent history in Poland, and it appears in a symposium edited and curated by Rachel Cohen in tribute to the wonderful work of Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, and Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing That One Sees. The symposium is called "You have to see this", and the magazine describes it as: "an all-hands-on-deck appraisal of one of the most keen-eyed cultural commentators of our time. With contributions from Errol Morris, William Finnegan, Lauren Redniss, Bill McKibben, Ben Katchor, Wendy Lesser, Geoff Dyer, Bill Morrison, Riva Lehrer, David Hockney, Jonathan Lethem, Peter Vermeersch, Andrei Codrescu, Baynard Woods, Ricky Jay, and Walter Murch."
See (and purchase) the issue at the McSweeney's Store.
At the Passa Porta Festival, Brussels' biannual international literary festival held on March 27th, I hosted a panel discussion on the 'The borders of the Balkans'. Participants were novelist, essayist and translator Christos Chrissopoulos, novelist and poet Johan de Boose, novelist György Dragomán and novelist and political scientist Igor Štiks. BalkanInsight published a good summary of the discussion. It can be accessed here.