City of Asylum: Pittsburgh International Literary Festival 2022
The Pittsburgh International Literary Festival (LitFest ’22) is a 10-day festival that considers themes of identity and marginalization with an emphasis on literature in translation. City of Asylum is committed to producing literary programs that encourage cross-cultural exchange. LitFest continues that work and the work to protect and celebrate freedom of creative expression.
The Festival features a diverse array of writers and artists from 15 countries and speaking more than 11 languages. It is a true hybrid festival, with programs connecting audiences and artists in Pittsburgh and around the world, both in person at Alphabet City and online. To view all of the events that are scheduled for LitFest ’22, visit the Pittsburgh International Literary Festival 2022 webpage.
Midnight’s Children’s Children: Writers on Salman Rushdie
Saturday, September 10 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
This program is a celebration of Salman Rushdie, the legacy of his literary work and advocacy, and a commitment to the power and necessity of the written word. Rushdie has been a relentless champion for free expression, using his voice to support imperiled writers for decades, and advocating tirelessly for the right of writers to create without fear of reprisal. Join City of Asylum and fiction writers Amitava Kumar, Kiran Desai, and Suketu Mehta to reflect on Salman’s legacy from his imaginative use of language and joyousness in his fiction, to his belief that writing allows us to cross borders and learn from one another, to his commitment to promoting literature that allows our society to safely grapple with social injustices. This program will be held in-person at Alphabet City and live-streamed online.