Literary symposium: Cosmopolitan Contexts

Three internationally renowned writers — Yoko Tawada, David Bezmozgis and Marvin Victor — will read from their works and participate in a roundtable discussion during “Cosmopolitan Contexts,” a literary symposium focused on writing in a globalized world. 

The event, sponsored by the university’s Winthrop-King Institute for French and Francophone Studies and the Council on Research and Creativity, will take place:

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

3 – 5 P.M.

AUGUSTUS B. TURNBULL III FLORIDA STATE CONFERENCE CENTER

555 W. PENSACOLA ST.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Bezmozgis, a fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, was born in Riga, Latvia, and moved to Canada when he was six. A writer and filmmaker, he is the author of “Natasha,” published in 2004, and “The Free World,” published in 2011. His feature film “Victoria Day” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.

Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960. Writing in German and Japanese, she publishes poetry, essays, fiction, and plays. Her work has been featured in numerous international journals and anthologies, and she has won awards for contributions to both German and Japanese culture.

Victor, a painter, writer and film director, was born in 1981 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he lived until the earthquake of 2010. His debut novel, “Corps mêlés,” published in 2011, is considered the first novel of Haiti’s post-earthquake period. It was awarded the Grand Prix du Roman de la Société des Gens de Lettres (Society of Men of Letters).