Grand Opening CeremoniesSeptember 10, 2016 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Join us for a public conversation with Nobel Prize winning author Svetlana Alexievich and New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch.
Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich will be the guest of honor at the grand opening of City of Asylum @ Alphabet City on September 9 & 10, 2016. Her appearance will launch our expanded, year-round programming.
Alexievich was born in Ukraine, but grew up in Belarus. As an investigative journalist and writer, she documents the emotional history of the Soviet and post-Soviet world.
Alexievich faced persecution from the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, and fled Belarus in 2000. From 2006–2008 she lived as writer-in-residence in Gothenburg, one of the 50 cities in the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). Her own life story demonstrates why ICORN is both necessary and important, and we are proud that City of Asylum Pittsburgh was chosen to be the U.S. headquarters of ICORN. We also thank ICORN for helping arrange Alexievich’s visit.
Philip Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, the former editor of The Paris Review, and the author of three books: The Ballad Of Abu Ghraib / Standard Operating Procedure (2008), A Cold Case (2001), and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (1998), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the George K. Polk Book Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. The book was also included in the Guardian’s list of the hundred greatest non-fiction books from the past two thousand five hundred years. Gourevitch’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and his reportage, essays, criticism, and short fiction, have appeared in numerous publications at home and abroad. In 2010 he was named a Chevallier de l’Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres in France. He is completing a new book, in which he revisits Rwanda, called, You Hide That You Hate Me And I Hide That I Know.