News 2017

One way of saying it:

Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea

Another way of saying it: Ghostface Killah be on some “now you see me, now you don’t” shit.

A third way of saying it: Hussssssssssh.

A fourth way of saying it: A whitemargin stargazer lies half-buried on a reef off Komodo Island, Indonesia, waiting for a small fish to swim by.

A fifth way of saying it: Here’s American silent movie comedian Buster Keaton (1895-1966), wearing a diving suit for a scene from The Navigator, released in 1924.

A sixth way of saying it: 2017 is devoted to collecting new words.

A few dates:

  • Invasion! is being performed in Thessaloniki, Greece until January 31. Trailer:

February: New paperback versions of One Eye Red, Montecore and I Call My Brothers released in Sweden. Design: Håkan Liljemärker.

  • February 9: Swedish Museum of Performing Arts (Scenkonstmuseet) opens in Stockholm. Invasion! is one of three plays featured in the permanent exhibition.
  • February 9: I Call My Brothers premiers in Stockholm, at Oktoberteatern.
  • February 9 (again!): I Call My Brothers opens at the Cleveland Public Theatre.
  • February 18: Invasion! premiers in Bamberg, Germany,
  • February 22: I Call My Brothers premiers in Kiel, Germany.
  • February 28: Everything I Don’t Remember is published in the Netherlands.
  • March 10: Apathy For Beginners premiers in Montreuil, France.
  • March 15: Everything I Don’t Remember is published in Germany. Visit at Lit.Cologne, literature festival, Cologne.
  • March 29-April 1: Incroci di civiltà Festival, Venice, Italy.
  • April 21: I Call My Brothers premiers in Linz, Austria.
  • April 22: Invasion! premiers in Brussels, Belgium.
  • April 22: ≈ [Almost Equal To] has been chosen by Comédie-Française to be read as part of a reading series of contemporary plays. Translation by Marianne Ségol-Samoy. At Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier, Paris, Saturday April 22. Tickets are free but need to be reserved, at 01 44 58 15 15 or “au guichets”.
  • April 24: Invasion! premiers in Göttingen, Germany.
  • May: Everything I Don’t Remember is being published in France, by Actes Sud.
  • May 9: I Call My Brothers premiers in Brussels, Belgium.
  • May 10: Apathy For Beginners premiers in Ulm, Germany.
  • May 13: Discussion with Herman Koch at festival in Bruges, Belgium. Later same night: discussion and reading at the International Literature Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • May 18: ≈ [Almost Equal To] is one of the international plays chosen to be part of the International Voices Project. A reading directed by Anna C. Bahow, 7:00pm-10:00pm, Instituto Cervantes, Chicago, US.
  • May 26-July 2: ≈ [Almost Equal To] is performed at City Garage Theatre, Santa Monica, US.
  • May 27-28: Head Read, Literature festival in Tallin, Estonia.
  • June 3-4: Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, US.
  • July 5: Everything I Don’t Remember has been shortlisted for the Premio Strega Europeo, winners are announced July 5 in Rome.
  • August: Artists Goldin+Senneby take part in the Greater Together exhibition at Australian Center for Contemporary Art in Melbourne. The text Standard Length of a Miracle is read out loud in the art space.

September 6-8: Reykjavík International Literary Festival, Iceland.
Wednesday, September 6, 8:00-8:50PM
Iðnó: The Politics of Language
A discussion with Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Auður Ava ÓIafsdóttir. Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith
Thursday, September 7, 12:00-12:30PM
Nordic House: Everything That I Don’t Remember
In conversation with Jonas Hassen Khemiri. Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith.

  • September 8-10: Festivaletteratura, Mantua Literature Festival, Italy.
    SAB 09 14:45
    Jonas Hassen Khemiri con Fabio Genovesi
  • September 15: ≈ [Almost Equal To] is performed at Pillsbury Theatre, Minneapolis, US.
  • September 16-17: Livres dans la Boucle, Festival du livre, Grand Besançon, France.
    15h00-16h00. Dédicaces.
    16h30. Maison Victor Hugo. L’Univers de Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Tout ce dont je ne me souviens pas, Actes Sud). Textes lus par Quentin Dolmaire. Animé par Kerenn Elkaïm.
    17h30-18h00. Dédicaces Maison Victor Hugo.
    18h15-19h00. Dédicaces au Salon du Livre.
    11h30. Maison Victor Hugo. En Mémoire. Dialogue entre Isabelle Alonso (Je peux me passer de l’Aube, Éditions Héloïse d’Ormesson), Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Tout ce dont je ne me souviens pas, Actes Sud) et Karla Suarez (Le Fils du héros, Métailié). Animé par Antoine Boussin.
    12h30-13h00. Dédicaces Maison Victor Hugo.
    14h00-15h15. Dédicaces.
  • The New Yorker publishes the story “As You Would Have Told It to Me (Sort Of) If We Had Known Each Other Before You Died.” The story has been recorded by the author and can be listened to online, or as part of the New Yorker podcast  The Writer’s Voice.  There is also an interview.
  • September 22: The Hundred We Are premiers at Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn, Switzerland.
  • October 14: Invasion! premiers in at Sogn og Fjordane Teater, Førde, Norway.
  • October 21: London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre, London, UK.
    Noon: World on the Brink: What Can Words Do? 
    What role can words, stories and poetry have in seeing us through uncertain times? From the fate of the natural world to seismic shifts in politics, our collective future appears to hang in the balance. 
    Leading authors from the Nordic region and Britain talk about what words can do to change the world, including Sofi Oksanen, Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Kamila Shamsie. 
    2:00pm: Home is Elsewhere
    Meet three bright talents from across the Nordic region who are expanding our understanding of the place we call home.
    When do we know we are home? In our interconnected times, is home a physical place, a state of mind, or a memory? What does it mean to be caught between more than one home? And what if our physical home is a prison we want to escape?
    Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Sweden), Pajtim Statovci (Finland) and Kamila Shamsie seek to answer these questions in this talk.

And yes: Joyce Carol Oates chose Everything I Don’t Remember as one of her three favourite books of 2016. Full text here: Times Literary Supplement.

And here is the key note delivered at the National Book Festival in Washington DC.