More than 150 contemporary Russian writers and publishers arrived in New York during festival week, among them literary and journalistic forces such as Dmitry Bykov, Sergei Lukyanenko, Vladimir Makanin, Edward Radzinsky, Master Chen, and Mikhail Shishkin.The diversity of these writers and the genres in which they work - from historical fiction to detective novels to stream-of-consciousness prose - allowed for a dynamic program that appealed to different audiences. In moderated panel discussions, readings, writing workshops, and film screenings of literary adaptations, the writers discussed their works in the context of historic Russian literary traditions as well as present-day universal political and cultural themes.
The universality of the themes that the Russian writers addressed was a critical feature of the Literary Showcase, making the writers' voices relevant to readers in New York and helping foster meaningful connections between the writers and their American counterparts. As such, each event also included notable American authors, social commentators, publishers, and critics.
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