Welcome to the 2020 Neustadt Lit Fest!
Welcome to the Neustadt Lit Fest, a celebration of international books and culture sponsored by World Literature Today (WLT) and hosted online by the University of Oklahoma! The literary festival, which is free and open to the public, celebrates Neustadt Prize winner Ismail Kadare, the authors from the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature jury, and more than two dozen featured writers, artists, and scholars altogether.
Experiencing the 2020 Neustadt Lit Fest
If you have not already registered, please use the Register tab to sign up, so you will be ready to access all of the great sessions of the festival! All sessions are listed in the Schedule tab. Each session’s space includes a session description, information about the presenters, handouts, and an access button to enter the Zoom meeting at the time of the session. Books by our festival authors are available for purchase courtesy of Deep Vellum Bookstore in the Bookstore tab.
The Neustadt International Prize for Literature, one of the most prestigious global literary awards, is celebrating its 50-year anniversary at the University of Oklahoma in 2020. Often referred to as “the American Nobel,” the biennial award endowed by the legendary Neustadt family offers opportunities for readers everywhere to be a part of the cultural impact that the prize has brought to Oklahoma, the United States, and the world.
The Neustadt Prize is uniquely woven into the educational fabric of the University of Oklahoma, and the prize’s awarding during the annual Neustadt Lit Fest in Norman, Oklahoma, each fall is a testament to how the award aims to engage people with world-renowned authors and life-changing cultural experiences. Educators can immediately begin taking advantage of curricula on the Neustadt website’s free online Education Network. In conjunction with this anniversary, Deep Vellum Books and Phoneme Media will also launch an anthology, Dispatches from the Republic of Letters, on opening night of the festival. Edited by WLT Editor-in-Chief Daniel Simon, the anthology features writing by all previous laureates, including recent winners like Rohinton Mistry, Claribel Alegría, and Edwidge Danticat.
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