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Super-NOS Literary Festival at Columbia University Reviews A Decade of Critical Russian Literature, Feb. 4-5 and 20

New York, N.Y. (Jan. 24, 2020)—The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, the oldest academic institution in the United States dedicated to the study of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, will host the Super-NOS Literary Festival together with the University's and Barnard College's Slavic departments and the Mikhail Prokhorov Charitable Foundation, co-organizer of the event and founder of the NOS Prize. Past NOS prize winners and prominent Russian literary figures will convene in New York to review the last decade in Russian literature and select one Super-NOS prize winner from the previous winners from 2009 to 2019.

What: Russia’s most prestigious and progressive literary prize is coming to New York. Established in 2009, the NOS Prize recognizes innovation in Russian-language literature.

Who: Contemporary Russian literary icons such as postmodernist writer, poet, performer and 2012 NOS Prize Winner Lev Rubinstein; co-founder of the Mikhail Prokhorov Charitable Foundation and editor-in-chief of the New Literary Observer Publishing House Irina Prokhorova; journalist and literary critic Anna Narinskaya; and 2019 NOS Prize Winner Alexander Stessin will read their work and debate the distinctive features of the past decade in Russian literature.

When: February 4-5 and 20, 2020

Where: Barnard College and Columbia University

The highlight is the Super-NOS Literary Prize Debatea jury of five scholars, writers and critics – including Russian-American writer Lara Vapnyar, Princetons Serguei Oushakine, Radio Libertys Alexander Genis, NYUs Eliot Borenstein, and Hampshire/Amherst/Smiths Polina Barskova will join four graduate student experts in debating the past 10 winners of the NOS Prize and selecting the Super-NOS recipient on Feb. 4. The debate will be moderated by Irina Prokhorova and Mark Lipovetsky.

Lineup (follow the links for location and details):

February 4, 12 pm: What Literature Is Not Talking About: Present-day Russian Society, Social Life, and Cultural Memory, Irina Prokhorova
February 4, 7 pm: Super-NOS Literary Prize Debate, Polina Barskova, Eliot Borenstein, Alexander Genis, Anna Narinskaya, Serguei Oushakine, Lara Vapnyar and graduate student experts. Moderators: Mark Lipovetsky and Irina Prokhorova.

February 5, 12 pm: Political Protest and Culture in Today's Russia, Anna Narinskaya
Febraury 5, 7 pm: A Reading by Lev Rubinstein
February 20, 7 pm: A Reading by 2019 NOS Prize Winner Alexander Stessin