Reinvent and Rediscover: A View From Elsewhere

As part of the 2019 Literary Mews and the PEN World Voices Festival, Deutsches Haus at NYU presents “Reinvent and Rediscover: A View From Elsewhere” a conversation among Brian Keith Jackson, Takis Würger, and Pénélope Bagieu, and moderated by Rebecca Falkoff.

Personal reinvention is a constant and mysterious journey. A trip overseas, a disruption in the culture of our home country, or the impact of a powerful book can shift our views. How do new discoveries and unfamiliar settings cause us to (re)examine and (re)interpret our inner narratives? Join novelist and culture writer Brian Keith Jackson, investigative journalist and novelist Takis Würger, and feminist graphic novel creator Pénélope Bagieu in a discussion about what factors propel personal reinvention, and how a view from elsewhere can disrupt, recreate, or relocate the stories of ourselves.

About the participants:

Brian Keith Jackson is a bestselling and prize-winning author, essayist and arts and culture writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, The London Observer Magazine, L’Officiel, O Magazine and Whitewall, among others, as well as exhibition catalogues for international galleries and museums. His novels include The View From Here, Walking Through Mirrors, and The Queen of Harlem.

Takis Würger, named one of Medium’s “Top 30 Journalists under 30,” he is a reporter for the German news magazine Der Spiegel. He studied Human, Social, and Political Science at St. John’s College Cambridge for a year before dropping out. During this time, he boxed for the University, broke two ribs and his hand, and became a member of the Adonians, the Hawks’ Club, and the Pitt Club. His first novel, The Club, won the lit.Cologne debut prize and has become a runaway bestseller in Germany.

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris to Corsican and Basque parents. The best-selling graphic novelist of Exquisite Corpse, she has published editorial illustrations throughout the French media. She blogs at Penelope-jolicoeur.com, plays drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows.

Rebecca Falkoff is an Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at New York University and a Regional Faculty Fellow at the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed her first book on contemporary hoarding discourse and its literary precursors, and is working on a new project on illegibility.

About the Literary Mews:

Since 2012, the PEN World Voices Festival and New York University’s International Houses—including Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the NYU Creative Writing Program, Deutsches Haus at NYU, Institute of African American Affairs and Center for Black Visual Culture, and La Maison Française of NYU—have collaborated in creating a festival within the festival: “The Literary Mews.” This annual event presents free literary events in and around the cobblestone streets of NYU’s storied Washington Mews. A must attend for any lover of literature.

Attendance information:

This event is  free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please reserve a ticket here. Thank you!

Reinvent and Rediscover: A View from Elsewhere” is a DAAD-supported event.











When: Fri., May 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
212-998-8660
Price: Free
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As part of the 2019 Literary Mews and the PEN World Voices Festival, Deutsches Haus at NYU presents “Reinvent and Rediscover: A View From Elsewhere” a conversation among Brian Keith Jackson, Takis Würger, and Pénélope Bagieu, and moderated by Rebecca Falkoff.

Personal reinvention is a constant and mysterious journey. A trip overseas, a disruption in the culture of our home country, or the impact of a powerful book can shift our views. How do new discoveries and unfamiliar settings cause us to (re)examine and (re)interpret our inner narratives? Join novelist and culture writer Brian Keith Jackson, investigative journalist and novelist Takis Würger, and feminist graphic novel creator Pénélope Bagieu in a discussion about what factors propel personal reinvention, and how a view from elsewhere can disrupt, recreate, or relocate the stories of ourselves.

About the participants:

Brian Keith Jackson is a bestselling and prize-winning author, essayist and arts and culture writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, The London Observer Magazine, L’Officiel, O Magazine and Whitewall, among others, as well as exhibition catalogues for international galleries and museums. His novels include The View From Here, Walking Through Mirrors, and The Queen of Harlem.

Takis Würger, named one of Medium’s “Top 30 Journalists under 30,” he is a reporter for the German news magazine Der Spiegel. He studied Human, Social, and Political Science at St. John’s College Cambridge for a year before dropping out. During this time, he boxed for the University, broke two ribs and his hand, and became a member of the Adonians, the Hawks’ Club, and the Pitt Club. His first novel, The Club, won the lit.Cologne debut prize and has become a runaway bestseller in Germany.

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris to Corsican and Basque parents. The best-selling graphic novelist of Exquisite Corpse, she has published editorial illustrations throughout the French media. She blogs at Penelope-jolicoeur.com, plays drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows.

Rebecca Falkoff is an Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at New York University and a Regional Faculty Fellow at the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed her first book on contemporary hoarding discourse and its literary precursors, and is working on a new project on illegibility.

About the Literary Mews:

Since 2012, the PEN World Voices Festival and New York University’s International Houses—including Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the NYU Creative Writing Program, Deutsches Haus at NYU, Institute of African American Affairs and Center for Black Visual Culture, and La Maison Française of NYU—have collaborated in creating a festival within the festival: “The Literary Mews.” This annual event presents free literary events in and around the cobblestone streets of NYU’s storied Washington Mews. A must attend for any lover of literature.

Attendance information:

This event is  free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please reserve a ticket here. Thank you!

Reinvent and Rediscover: A View from Elsewhere” is a DAAD-supported event.

Buy tickets/get more info now