Literary Events

A full listing of literary events hosted by the Russian American Cultural Center.

A series of conversations in the RACC movable studio: the author and host Irina Mashinski in dialogue with masters of the ancient art of translation, as they reflect on their work. Dialogue #4: with Lars Kleberg | June 22, 2022

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

RACC Movable Studio, New York

A series of conversations in the RACC movable studio: the author and host Irina Mashinski in dialogue with masters of the ancient art of translation, as they reflect on their work. Dialogue #3: with Peter Daniels | June 10, 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022

RACC Movable Studio, New York

A series of conversations in the RACC movable studio: the author and host Irina Mashinski in dialogue with masters of the ancient art of translation, as they reflect on their work. Dialogue #2: with Mary Jane White | May 23, 2022

Monday, May 23, 2022

RACC Movable Studio, New York

A series of conversations in the RACC movable studio: the author and host Irina Mashinski in dialogue with masters of the ancient art of translation, as they reflect on their work. Dialogue #1: with Dmitri Manin | May 19, 2022

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Book of Reflections. Thirteen Postcards and a Letter (in Russian)
Ирина Машинская. Книга отражений. Тринадцать открыток и одно письмо (онлайн презентация)

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 | 11 am EST or 7 pm Moscow time

Наталия Эфроимсон - Читает главы из своего  романа "В той стране" и новой ненапечатанной книги - Dec 12

Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 | 6:00 PM EST

via Zoom

and launch of The Cardinal Points Journal Vol.11 on Dec 15

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 2:00 PM EST

via Zoom

Boris Dralyuk - Translations of five Russophone Angelenos and original poems from his forthcoming collection, My Hollywood.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET

via Zoom

author of the book "Nepokhozhie na nas Amrikantsy" (Americans not Similar to Us)

Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 | 12 - 2 pm EST

via ZOOM

Featuring Nina Kossman - a bilingual writer, poet, translator of Russian poetry, painter, and playwright on April 7

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET

via ZOOM

Emil Draitser, professor emeritus at Hunter College, in conversation with Yasha Klots about his new book, "In the Jaws of the Crocodile" on Feb 3

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021 | 6:30 PM EST

via Zoom

Featuring translator J. Kates and Julia Nemirovskaya on Feb 18

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 3 pm ET, 12 pm PT, 23 pm MT

via ZOOM

Featuring short stories by Natalia Efroimson

Sunday, December 20, 2020 | 1:30 PM EST

Virtual ZOOM meeting

Julia will read scattered poems and excerpts from her three latest series, "The Trashed Objects", "The Twelve," and "The Forest Fires."

Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 6 PM EST

Virtual ZOOM meeting

Join us on Nov 23 for the launch of this bilingual book, published alongside the first solo exhibition of brilliant artist and visionary architect work in Belarus.

Monday, November 23, 2020 | 12:00pm EST

Zoom Webinar and YouTube Live

Featuring: Yulia Nemirovskaya, Natalia Efroimson and Alla Dubrovskaya

Monday, November 2, 2020 | 6 pm

Virtual ZOOM meeting

"Cities Where I Am No Longer" - reading of selected prose on April 8th

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room

Russian-American poet, scholar, and translator of poetry will present an annotated edition of Complete Plays and Poems of T. S. Eliot on March 23

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 5:30 PM

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room

a two-part event featuring Grigory Starikovsky, Vladimir Druk and Lev Fridman. Hosted by Irina Mashinski on March 3

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 5:30 pm

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room

Award-winning author Emil Draitser will discuss the fascinating topic of the modern-day exodus and the Soviet Jewry Movement on Feb 13

Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 6:30 PM

Shakespeare and Co Bookstore

Please join us as the Russian American Cultural Center presents a bilingual reading by Alexander Veytsman on Nov 6

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 5:00 - 6:45 PM

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room

Please join us on November 18 for a reading by Maxim D. Shrayer, internationally acclaimed author.

Monday, November 18, 2019 | 5:30 - 7 PM

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room

Please join us on Oct 23 at the reading by Anton Yakovlev of Translations of Sergei Yesenin from his book 'The Last Poet of the Village'.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 5:30 -7:00 PM

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room

New translations into Russian of Emily Dickinson's, Rudyard Kipling' poems, Shakespeare's sonnets and the original verse (in Russian) on Sept 4.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | 5:30 PM

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room

Pavel Lembersky, a New York based Russian American author, will read in Russian and in English on Sept 25

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room

Novelist John Burnham Schwartz to speak on his new book - sweeping historical novel is inspired by the remarkable life of Svetlana Alliluyeva.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 6:30 PM

Member's Room

A Bilingual Poetry Reading by Anna Halberstadt from her new poetry collection in English and Russian on May 29

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM

Yorkville Library

Book presentation

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM

Yorkville Library

Saying good-bye to the Storony Sveta Literary Journal and the launch of the 18th and final issue

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 2 PM – 4:30 PM

Tompkins Sq. Library

He has, as they say, long arms. Therefore, better come yourself. Otherwise we are not responsible for it.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 6 PM

Russian Samovar

presentation by Larissa Shmailo

Monday, May 13, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM

Yorkville Library

Dedicated to the Poetry of MARIA STEPANOVA

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 7 PM – 9 PM

249 W 60th Street

dedicated to the memory of Alexander Arkad’evich Galich

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Cornelia Street Cafe

Celebrating 2018 Immigrant Heritage Month | A talk by educator, author and talk show host John Bredin

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 1 PM

Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library

Celebrating 2018 Immigrant Heritage Month | A talk by children's book author L.B. O'Milla

Friday, June 22, 2018 | 3 PM

Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library

presented by the StoSvet Literary project and the Russian American Cultural Center

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 5:30 PM

Tompkins Square Library

Olga Bukhina - translator, writer, literary critic, children’s literature specialist will discuss topics in contemporary Russian-language children's literature.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 5:30-7:30 pm

Tompkins Square Library

New York launch of her new poetry collection

Sunday, February 25th, 2018 | 6 PM

Tolstoy Lounge @ The Russian Samovar

An exciting new adventure classic with an unforgettable combination of American fantasy elements and Russian folklore enjoyable for middle graders through adults.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

St-Petersburg Global Trade House

Russian scientist Lyudmila Trut and biologist and historian of science Lee Dugatkin tell the inside story of the science, politics, adventure and love behind it all.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

St.Petersburg Global Trade House

Dedicated to the poetry of BELLA AKHMADULINA

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 1 PM

POETS HOUSE (Elizabeth Kray Hall)

Margarita Meyendorff’s journey is thrillingly personal yet universal-the journey we all take, to find our true selves and safe haven.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

St. Petersburg Global Trade House

What a satirist could and what he couldn’t lampoon in the tightly controlled Soviet media? What would happen to him if he slipped?

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Hunter College

presented by the StoSvet Literary project and the Russian American Cultural Center

Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 5 - 7 PM

The Uncle Vanya Café

Reading and discussion of her book about the children of WWII occupation/liberation and the search for their fathers.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

St-Petersburg Global Trade House

Presented by the StoSvet Literary Project and Russian American Cultural Center. Moderator - Irina Mashinski.

Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 1 - 3 PM

Word Up Books

Presented by the StoSvet Literary Project and Russian American Cultural Center. Featuring Tomas Venclova, Valzhyna Mort and Vasil Makhno. Hosted by Irina Mashinski.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 8 PM (getting together starting @ 7 PM)

Uncle Vanya Cafe

Please join us for a book-signing and reception with Julia Tulovsky and Tatiana Kubensky, for Julia Tulovsky’s new book, Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

St. Petersburg Global Trade House

Presented in English

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

St-Petersburg Global Trade House

Russian American Cultural Center is pleased to announce:

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 pm

Литературному проекту “СтоСвет” – 10 лет

Thursday, May 5 2016 8pm Четверг 5 мая, 8ч. вечера

Литературному проекту “СтоСвет” – 10 лет

Dedicated to the Poetry of BORIS SLUTSKY

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 1 PM

POETS HOUSE (Elizabeth Kray Hall)

ДЕКАБРИСТЫ И ДЕКАБРИЗМ ВЧЕРА, СЕГОДНЯ, ЗАВТРА

MONDAY DECEMBER 14, 2015, 6pm

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

The StoSvet Literary Project, the Russian American Cultural Center and Poets House present.Translated by Boris Dralyuk and Hosted by Irina Mashinski.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 @2PM

Poets House, The Elizabeth Kray Hall

Russian American Cultural Center presents: Poetry by Eugene Ostashevsky and fiction by Zarina Zabrisky, in their only New York appearance this year.

Wednesday, November 11, 6-8pm

Poets House

The curator of the series – Irina Mashinski, Producer – Regina Khidekel

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 6.:30 PM

Uncle Vanya Café

The curator of the series – Irina Mashinski, StoSvet editor Producer – Regina Khidekel, RACC director

Thursday, April 30, 2015 7.00 PM

The SLASH Series 7/Artists

The Heyman Center welcomes Russia-born poets

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:15pm

presented by StoSvet Literary Project, MadHat Press and Russian-American Cultural Center

Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 4 PM

POETS HOUSE (Elizabeth Kray Hall)

Alexander Matlin will read short stories and poems from his new book "2=1".

TBA November 2014

The StoSvet Literary Project and RACC present the readings dedicated to the generation of Russian-American poets born in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Russian Bookstore No.21

Reading in Russian and English and conversation about encounters with Igor Guberman and translating his poetry.

December 18, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Rustico Café

Susan Gold reading from her new novel, set in Soviet Russia after Perestroika reveals gross corruption, sweeping betrayal, and a metals deal in palladium gone bad.

December 10, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Russian Bookstore No.21

Poets/teachers, poets/architects… Our series is about the word to the right of the slash. On April 29, the word is “interpreters”.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 , 7 pm | Вторник, 29 апреля 2014, 7:00 вечера

Russian Bookstore No.21

Poets/teachers, poets/architects… Our series is about the word to the right of the slash. On May 10, the word is “psychologists”.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 , 6:30 pm | Суббота, 10 мая 2014, 6:30 вечера

Russian Bookstore No.21

An inspiring talk about the crucial social role of Jewish humor at the time of the modern-day exodus of Jews from Russia by Hunter College professor Emil Draitser.

Friday, May 9th, 2014 | 7 pm

Hunter College, City University of New York

Irina Mashinski is a poet, the author of nine collections of poetry and translations

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | 7:00PM

Uncle Vanya Cafe

This year’s Compass Award competition is dedicated to the poetry of Arseny Tarkovsky (1907-89).

Accepting submissions from February 15 through July 31, 2014

Reading from a debut novel "Returns and Exchanges" by Yuri Kruman.

January 22, 7:00 PM

Russian Bookstore No. 21

The third Compass Award contest (2013) was for translations of Maria Petrovykh (1908-79)

January 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

A reading from a new online anthology of works by 50 contemporary Russian poets, edited and with a preface by Larissa Shmailo, celebrating poetry and translation.

December 11, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Cornelia Street Café

Welcome to “1983, a Dialectical Novel” – the new book from Anthony Saidy which imagines an alternative storyline to the final decades of the Soviet Union.

November 12, 2013, 7:00 PM

Russian Bookstore No.21

Stealing Cherries by Marina Rubin - Literature with an Adrenaline Rush. Today’s short attention span literature, a book for all seasons and people.

October 24, 2013, 7:30 PM

JCC Manhattan

In this engaging and penetrating study, Alyssa Dinega Gillespie focuses on Tsvetaeva's poetry, rediscovering her as a serious thinker.

June 2013

An evening of poetry and reflection. Our series is about the word to the right of the slash.

May 23, 2013

Russian Bookstore No.21

Celebrate the publication of The Jews of Pinsk, 1881-1941, the most comprehensive history of a single Jewish community in any language.

May 5, 2013

Museum at Eldridge Street

An evening of poetry and reflection. Our series is about the word to the right of the slash.

February 27, 2013

Russian Bookstore No.21

The second annual Compass Award contest is dedicated to the translation of poetic works of Marina Tsvetaeva.

January 12, 2013

Poets House, Elizabeth Kray Hall

New translations into Russian of Emily Dickinson's poems and Shakespeare's sonnets and the original verse (in Russian).

November 27, 2012

Russian Bookstore No. 21

На кудыкину гору: Одесский роман | From Here to Wherever: An Odessa novel

November 20, 2012

Russian Bookstore No.21

Congratulations to Boris Dralyuk and Irina Mashinski - First Place winners for Field Hospital by Arseny Tarkovsky!

November 2012

Stephen Spender Trust

Come celebrate HIAS' 130th Anniversary... and your success! Join us as we launch HIAS' new book: "HIAS@130: 1+30, the Best of myStory."

April 22, 2012

Center for Jewish History

Второй вечер из новой серии SLASH: Врачи. An evening of poetry and reflection.

April 19, 2012

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Presented by St. Petersburg Review, Cardinal Points Literary Journal and Russian American Cultural Center.

April 18, 2012

Russian Bookstore No. 21

The title of this festival, 0, 2012: The Last Futurist Lab is a reference to 1915's "0, 10: The Last Futurist Exhibition"...

March 19, 2012

Does it really matter what a poet does besides writing, how he/she earns a living? Do poets working in the same field have anything in common?

March 16, 2012

Russian Bookstore No.21

For all those interested in the secret machinations that often occur behind political movements, this program is for you!

January 25, 2012

Rubin Museum of Art

Mark Serman presents Four Lives of Ruth Zernova - a collection of memoirs by friends, family and colleagues of the writer.

December 8, 2011

Russian Bookstore No.21

An Hour and a Half of Poetry, Songs, and Translation

October 30, 2011

The Bowery Poetry Club

A reading (in Russian) from a newly released book В пятьсот веселом эшелоне, Franc Tireur Publishing.

September 22, 2011

Russian Bookstore No.21

The Unlikely Connections Series: Irina Mashinski - Poet, Writer, and Cardinal Points Editor.

May 19, 2011

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Join us for an evening that will honor the memory of Holocaust victims and affirm our hopes for a better and more humane world.

May 3, 2011

Mid-Manhattan Library

Presentation of the book, "Shakedown Socialism," and discussion with the author, exploring and explaining why socialism cannot work.

April 27, 2011, 7:00 PM

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Join us for this discussion about the clash between psychoanalysis and Stalinism in Mexico during the 1930s.

March 25, 2011

Instituto Cervantes at Amster Yard

Samuel Menashe's most recent collections of poems are New and Selected Poems (Library of America, 2005) and an expanded edition of the same book, New and Selected Poems.

March 22, 2011

Russian Bookstore No. 21

RACC and Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York present "Russian-Israeli Art: Then and Now."

February 9, 2011

The Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts

Presentation of Polonsky's newly released book, "Molotov's Magic Lantern," which explores the people, places, and ideas from Russia's past.

January 12, 2011, 7:00 PM

Idlewild Books

Evening and book signing with a scientist and history author.

December 15, 2010

Russian Bookstore No. 21

The Jewish Conundrum in World History.

October 22, 2010

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Alexander Matlin lives in the USA since 1974. Before emigrating from the Soviet Union, his short stories and topical satires were published in the Crocodile Magazine in Moscow.

September 29, 2010

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Stalin's Romeo Spy. The Remarkable Rise and Fall of the KGB's Most Daring Operative.

May 6, 2010

In her own words, Nicole Brun-Mercer: "The Golden Ring takes place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the historic "golden ring" cities Vladimir and Suzdal.

April 21, 2010

Globetrippin Bookstore

A presentation of Susan Gold's memoir The Eyes Are the Same about childhood in Poland and Ukraine during the WWII as seen through a child's eyes.

April 20, 2010

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Stalin's Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953.

March 2, 2010

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Philip Pomper was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago, where he specialized in modern European history and Russian history.

February 9, 2010

Russian Bookstore No. 21

The Disposable Birds compilation includes selected verses and poems spanning end of 1970s through 2008.

January 26, 2010

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Please join NYRB Classics and translator Robert Chandler for a READING and RECEPTION in celebration of the publication of Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman.

January 21, 2010

Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War, An interactive discussion series "Memory and History."

October 29, 2009

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Reading of poetry from his collection of original verse in Russian and translations of poetry from English and Spanish.

October 20, 2009

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Homage to the memory of Aleksandr Galich at 90, with words by Drs. Gene Sosin and Gloria Donen Sosin, who both knew Galich personally.

October 15, 2009, 6:30 PM

Russian Bookstore No. 21

The bilingual reading from a newly released book A Unique Occurrence.

September 15, 2009

Russian Bookstore No. 21

The Russian American Cultural Center of New York and St. Petersburg Review enthusiastically sponsor a poetry reading of Dmitry Golyanko.

May 18, 2009

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Alexander Matlin lives in the USA since 1974. Before emigrating from the Soviet Union, his short stories and topical satires were published in the Crocodile Magazine in Moscow.

May 13, 2009

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Book and art documentary presentation.

January 28, 2009

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Bakhyt Kenjeev is a frequent participant of major international festivals.

November 30, 2008

Russian Samovar (upstairs)

Presentation of an International video/literature/translation project: The Poet's Address - St. Petersburg

May 27, 2008

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Marina Temkina "Reading from the recent book Canto Immingranto."

April 16, 2008

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Genrikh Golin: "Einstein and Russia"

March 3, 2008

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Literary critic and essayist, Genis writes on the lives, food and social customs of the world.

January 20, 2008

Central Library

Matvei Yankelevich and Eugene Ostashevsky: "reading of works by Daniil Kharms and the Oberiu."

January 16, 2008

A Public Space

Liberty Prize is the first-ever award established specifically for the purpose of recognizing and honoring people who have made an outstanding contribution to the Russian-American culture.

2008

Emil Draitser will present his newly published (University of California Press) book entitled Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin.

2008

The story of the transformation of a city-raised, Cornell-educated American to someone who could survive in virtual isolation from the civilized world.

2008

Writer, journalist, laureate of the Russian America contest, and participant of the Moscow Poetry Biennale 2007...

December 27, 2007

Russian Bookstore No.21

Vladimir Solovyov Reading from new controversial book: "Post Mortem: The Banned Book on Joseph Brodsky" (in Russian).

October 17, 2007

Russian Bookstore Club

New Novel about "Andrei" Warhol by Alexander J. Motyl.

October 10, 2007

The Harriman Institute, 12th Floor, International Affairs Building

RACC Literature Series, "Meet the Writer: Alexander Kushner."

September 30, 2007

Kings Bay YM-YMHA

Museum of Jewish Heritage and The Russian American Cultural Center are pleased to announce a joint event series.

June 8, 2007

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Gary Shteyngard Author of: "The Russian Debutante's Handbook" and others The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

June 8, 2007

BESA ME MUCHO by Mariam Yuzefovskaya at the Russian Book Club.

April 22, 2007

Russian Book Club

Alexei Bayer and Valery Bazarov.

April 16, 2007

Russian Bookstore No. 21

Genya Turovskaya's poetry chapbook The Tides and Eugene Ostashevsky's poetry chapbook DJ Spinoza's Dozen have both just been released by Octopus Books.

March 19, 2007

Russian Bookstore No.21

Michael Skakun discusses issues of exile, displacement, identity, and surviving extremity in this presentation: "At the Mind's Limit: Exile, Memory, and Identity."

February 14, 2006, 6:00 PM

Bowery Poetry Club

After the Orchard: A Russian Journal is based on Anthony Newfield’s experiences in Russia while studying at the Moscow Art Theatre.

November 15, 2005

The Bowery Poetry Club

An Evening of Russian-American Literature, with the presentation of a New Book, and discussion by Paul La Farge and Wayne Chambliss.

July 26, 2005, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Bowery Poetry Club

Ruth Zernova (born Ruth Zevina in Odessa in 1919) was an author of many short stories and several novels.

April 24, 2005

The Bowery Poetry Club

Keith Gessen, Genya Turovskaya & Ilya Bernstein.

2005

Pictures from the event.

June 27, 2004

A Book Reading and Signing by Celebrated Young Author and Russian Emigre, David Bezmozgis

June 20, 2004

35 East 10 Street #4k