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PROGRAM

APRIL 18-24, 2022

This year Sant Jordi USA is going hybrid, with in-person events combined with online programming. We are thrilled and grateful to have the Jersey City Theater Center as our new host and partner. 

Exhibitions on view (starting Thursday, April 21st)

April 21-22: 6:00-10:00 p.m.      April 23: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

April 24: 2:00-6:00 p.m.   April 25-28: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Close-Up/Primer Pla Immersive cinematic installation
by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger


Under the Light of the Sea Photographic exhibition/installation by Espe Pons

There Is Still Someone in the Woods 
Photographic exhibition/installation by Cultura i Conflicte

The artists will discuss their works in person from April 21-23
(see schedule below)

APRIL 18

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IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH AGAIN HERE

ROUND TABLES ON LITERATURE AND PUBLISHING

7:00 p.m. Book of Barcelona: A new anthology of short stories from Comma Press’s city series

Stories from the next-gen of Catalan writers about the city of Barcelona as the cracks in the Olympic façade begin to show. With Nia Thomas, publisher, and Mara Faye Lethem, translator, in person; Carlota Gurt and Borja Bagunyà, authors, online. Moderator Mary Ann Newman.

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8:00 p.m. New trends in women’s writing in Catalan

Women’s writing in Catalan is traversing a period of splendor. Women are both breaking literary molds and transforming the threads of earlier traditions. We are thrilled to have with us one outstanding author and one prodigious translator: Bel Olid will read from Laura McLoughlin’s new translation of her book, Wilder Winds, and Mara Faye Lethem will read from her translation of Irene Solà’s When I Sing, Mountains Dance followed by a moderated discussion of the current panorama. Moderator Mary Ann Newman.

APRIL 19

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IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED 

ROUND TABLES ON LITERATURE AND PUBLISHING

7:00 p.m. Publishers’ SuperPowers: Opposition, Resistance…

Publishers Nia Thomas (Comma Press) and Margot Atwell (Feminist Press) (in-person) will discuss the politics of publishing and the publishing of politics. How small presses push back against conventional mainstream narratives and still make a living. And segue into

…Translation. What is the role of translation in the establishment of an international vision? Is there a politics of translation? And, finally, how to maintain best practices internally, including treatment of authors and translators. Beaming in from Vermont and the UK, translators Allison Markin Powell (PEN America) and Frank Wynne (Booker International Prize), with a guest appearance by publisher Ra Page.

8:00 p.m. The American Way: When the Good Guys Are the Bad Guys 

A conversation with Nia Thomas about Comma Press’s collection of short stories and essays about the long history of U.S. invasions and interventions on foreign soil. Publisher and editor Ra Page will give an overview of the book and talk with Chilean author Lina Meruane. Later Bret Maney will discuss

Kim Thuy’s piece on Vietnam.

Following the round table: Marguerite Feitlowitz, professor at Bennington College, will read from her translations of Chilean poet Ennio Moltedo.

8:30 p.m. ​Author Faleeha Hassan and Publisher Gabriella Page-Fort discuss War and Me

An intimate memoir about coming of age in a tight-knit working-class family during Iraq’s seemingly endless series of wars. Author Faleeha Hassan became intimately acquainted with loss and fear while growing up in Najaf, Iraq. Now, in a deeply personal account of her life, she remembers those she has loved and lost. 

APRIL 21

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ONLINE > WATCH AGAIN HERE

Afternoon program: 1:00-5:30 p.m.

 

1:00pm

– The Diary of Sinali Karamoko: Au Maroc (A Visual Narrative)

with authors Todd Fredson and Sinali Karamoko

– Work-In-Progress Reading: Heuijung Hur's "Stained" with translator Paige Aniyah Morris

The Color of the Sky Is the Shape of the Heart with translator Takami Nieda and publisher Allison Markin Powell

2:00pm

– Reading by Mexican poet Martín Rangel with translator Lawrence Schimel

– What's in a Book Title? with author Bora Chung and translator Anton Hur

– About translating Tove Ditlevsen with translator Michael Favala Goldman

3:00pm

– East European Writers on Environmental Catastrophe with moderator Sal Robinson and translators Alex Zucker and Sean Gasper Bye

4:00pm

– Avrom Sutzkever: Yiddish poet of resistance

– Discussion: Yiddish literature about the Spanish Civil War

5:00pm

– "Solio": A Bilingual Reading with Poet Samira Negrouche (Algeria) & Translator Nancy Naomi Carlson

 

IN-PERSON

6:00 p.m. Opening of the Festival of the Arts

Close-Up/Primer Pla Immersive cinematic installation
Under the Light of the Sea Photographic exhibition

There Is Still Someone in the Woods Photographic exhibition

IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH AGAIN HERE

ROUND TABLES ON ART & PERFORMANCES

7:00 p.m. Focus on Close-Up/Primer Pla

A viewing of the 23-minute cinematic experience of Close-Up/Primer Pla, with musical composition and soundscapes, followed by a discussion of the techniques employed, the use of Catalan landscape and architecture, and the creative philosophy of the artists, Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger.

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APRIL 22

ONLINE > WATCH LIVE HERE

Afternoon program: 1:00-5:30 p.m.

1:30pm

FOCUS ON BRAZIL curated by Elton Uliana 

– Etnopop: Black, trans, multimedia artist Bixarte PART I

– "The Man and La Mancha" by Caio Fernando Abreu - Bi-lingual Dramatic Reading

– Etnopop: Black, trans, multimedia artist Bixarte PART II

– Author Carla Bessa and translator Elton Uliana presenting "My Murillo" (LGBTQi+ novella) & short stories

2:30pm

FOCUS ON BRAZIL curated by Elton Uliana 

– Márcio Januário: "Love Songs of an Old Queen" short Documentary

– Translating Caio Fernando Abreu's Brazil with translator Bruna Dantas Lobato and writer Rick Moody

3:30pm

– “Phenotypes,” a conversation with author Paulo Scott and translator Daniel Hahn

4:00pm

–  "Ursula" by Maria Firmina dos Reis with Ana Claudia Suriani da Silva and Cristina Pinto-Bailey LIVE

–  Conversation with author Rebecca Ingram and Rosi Song about forthcoming book

5:00pm

– “This Demanding Potato in Human Form”: Philip Roughton Discusses Translating Salka Valka with Larissa Kyzer

IN-PERSON

6:00 p.m. Festival of the Arts Exhibitions

Close-Up/Primer Pla Immersive cinematic installation
Under the Light of the Sea Photographic exhibition

There Is Still Someone in the Woods Photographic exhibition

IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH LIVE HERE

ROUND TABLES ON ART & PERFORMANCES

7:00 p.m. Focus on Under the Light of the Sea

A presentation by Espe Pons of her exhibition and the photo-book that accompanies it. She will discuss the story behind her research into the life of her grandfather’s youngest brother, tortured and executed by Franco, and the photographic method through which she rendered it.

8:00 p.m. Staged reading of portraits from Brigadistes: Lives for Liberty (Jordi Martí-Rueda, tr. M. A. Newman, Pluto Press, March 2022) Dramaturgy and staging by Maria Litvan 

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APRIL 23

IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH LIVE HERE
Kids Program
organized by the Catalan Institute of America

11:00 a.m. TAI CHI class for the whole family, with Master Irving Yee. No previous experience required. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes. 

12:00 p.m. TAO AUDIOVISUAL with Luca Tuana and Èlia Llenas

12:15 p.m. TAO IN MOTION with Èlia Llenas, dance

1:00 p.m. CREATIVE TAO Collage workshop about the book TAO with Marta Guitart. The works will be shared with students from various schools in Catalonia.

2:00 p.m. WATER'S SOUL Walk to discover Jaume Plensa's sculpture "Water's Soul" (Newport, Jersey City) 

ONLINE > WATCH LIVE HERE

Afternoon program: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. 

Writing and Translating our Moving Planet: A World Book Day Celebration LIVE

with authors Ousman Umar, Emmelie Prophète, Sigrídur Hagalín Björnsdóttir and translators Jeremy Tiang, Frank Wynne, moderated by Gabriella Page-Fort

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– Basque author Kirmen Uribe discusses “Izurdeen aurreko bizitza - The Past Life of Dolphins” with Elizabeth Macklin

2:00 p.m. 

– Author Maryse Meijer and translator Julia Sanches discuss Eva Baltasar's Boulder
Wild Horses by Jordi Cussá with translator Tiago Miller and Matthew Tree

3:00 p.m. 

– The intersection of class and gender: talking about A Film (3000 meters) and Forty Lost Years with translators Peter Bush & Mara Faye Lethem LIVE

Domestic Politics with translators María Cristina Hall and Megan Berkobien

4:00 p.m. 

– Girona. Menjars de Fires: a conversation between author Salvador Garcia-Arbós, Jordi Falgàs and Rosi Song

– On "Read the World: Picture Books and Translation" with Regina Galasso

GET YOUR ROSE and BOOKMARK!

These bookstores celebrate the day of #BooksAndRoses or Sant Jordi with the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia in the United States of America. If you buy a book there on Saturday April 23, you will also receive a beautiful rose and a bookmark.

 

McNally-Jackson - Nolita Bookstore

52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

McNally-Jackson - Seaport Bookstore

4 Fulton Street, New York NY 10038 

McNally/Jackson - Downtown Brooklyn

445 Albee Square, Brooklyn NY 11201

McNally/Jackson - Williamsburg

76 North 4th Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Bluestockings Bookstore

116 Suffolk Street, Brooklyn NY 10002

Word Bookstore

29 McWilliams Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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IN-PERSON

4:00 p.m. Festival of the Arts Exhibitions

Close-Up/Primer Pla Immersive cinematic installation
Under the Light of the Sea Photographic exhibition

There Is Still Someone in the Woods Photographic exhibition

6:00 p.m. Screening of There Is Still Someone in the Woods

A viewing of the documentary There Is Still Someone in the Woods, including interviews with the survivors of war and rape

 

IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH LIVE HERE

ROUND TABLES ON ART & PERFORMANCES

7:00 p.m. Focus on There Is Still Someone in the Woods

A discussion of the methodology of the Associació Cultura i Conflicte for converting journalistic research into theatrical and visual art.

 

8:00 p.m. 

Things They Said (Coses que s'han dit) dance performance by David Rodríguez and Luke Prunty, the duo behind the festival Girona en Moviment, who will perform three pieces: Peace, Peace, Peace!, about Pau Casal’s music and devotion to peace; Two Old Fishermen, based on the Catalan musical form of the Havaneres, traditionally sung by fishermen on the Costa Brava; and Dying of Hunger, a comical piece based on a song by the Catalan satirical musicians of La Trinca. 

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