The New York Public Library (NYPL)’s 2nd World Literature Fest Begins

In honor of Immigrant Heritage Week, The New York Public Library is kicking off our second annual World Literature Festival ( on Monday, April 11, 2022.

The festival highlights the Library’s World Languages collection–which features books in over 60 languages available online and at branches throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island–and reflects the many cultures and languages of our patrons.

Books are available to download using the Library’s e-reader app, SimplyE, or available for checkout at local branches.

The festival will run through the end of the month.

The Festival will host a dynamic schedule of events online and in-person featuring international writers, including panel discussions Poetry Across Languages with Fady Joudah, Tomás Q. Morín, and Niina Pollari on April 11, 2022, Cultures in Translation with Jean Kwok, Etgar Keret, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras on April 14, and Japanese Crime Fiction: How It Caught The World with Allison Markin Powell, Marie Iida, and Juliet Grames on April 20, 2022.

A selection of programs with authors from around the world, called In Conversation, will also be presented in the writer’s language.

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Conversations include:

The Library’s signature LIVE from NYPL series, which brings together distinguished writers, artists, and scholars for conversations, will also host two special online events:

  •  Alien Nation: True Tales of Immigration on April 14, 2022, 7 pm. Sofija Stefanovic and friends celebrate immigrant lives in America in this special program marking the publication of a new anthology inspired by Joe’s Pub’s long-running storytelling series “This Alien Nation.” Patrons can register for the event here.
  • Bernardine Evaristo and Brit Bennett: Transatlantic Conversations April 26, 2022, 1 pm. The Booker Prize–winning novelist and The New York Times bestseller share stories from their lives in letters. Patrons can register for the event here.

For children, the Festival will also feature bilingual storytimes hosted throughout the month by librarians from branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

Parents and caregivers can also access previously recorded videos of storytimes in Ukrainian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and French at, as well as audio recordings of multilingual storytimes at

For more information about the events and activities at the Library’s World Literature Festival, visit

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