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Emily Nemens

Picador Guest Professor in the winter semester of 2022/23

Emily Nemens’s debut novel, The Cactus League (FSG 2020, Picador 2021) was called “a wonderful, necessary read to remind you how infinite and wild other people can be” (The Brooklyn Rail). It was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and named one of the best books of the year by NPR. Her fiction has also appeared in Gettysburg Review, n+1, Iowa Review, and Blackbird. Emily spent a decade editing literary quarterlies, including The Paris Review, which won the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Award for Fiction under her tenure, and The Southern Review. She teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92NY in New York and is the sports/senior editor for the literary travel magazine Stranger’s Guide.

The Cactus League
The Cactus League
Cactus League

»Home Field Advantage«

Emily Nemens joined Musa Okwonga for a discussion of the main themes in her brilliant debut novel, »The Cactus League«. In a time when more and more people are facing a cost-of-living crisis, Emily and Musa talked about what the concept of »home« now means, and what it means to belong, whether that’s belonging to a baseball team or a community in crisis. Watch the event on YouTube.

»Home Field Advantage« took place on December 5 at the English Theatre Berlin. Watch the conversation on YouTube.

This event is part of the U.S. Embassy Literature Series and was presented by the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy and the English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center. Partners of #PicadorProf are: the University of Leipzig, DAAD, the U.S. publisher Picador and Holtzbrinck Berlin – Inspire Together.

Emily Nemens in conversation with Justin Andreae

On November 30, Emily Nemens read from »The Cactus League« and talked with Justin Andreae about baseball and its impact on American society, celebrity and fan cultures, literature, and the Picador Guest Professorship.

Justin Andreae is a current affairs journalist at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), Central Germany’s public broadcaster. From 2021-2022, he served as editor-in-chief of mephisto 97.6, Leipzig’s local and campus radio. He is a graduate of History and English from Leipzig University, where his thesis research centered on media representations of East German protest movements post-reunification; and a Fulbright fellow, having served from 2019-2021 as Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Gettysburg College.

Find out more about the venue on www.literaturhaus-leipzig.de.

This event is presented by the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature. Partners of #PicadorProf are: the University of Leipzig, DAAD, the U.S. publisher Picador and Holtzbrinck Berlin – Inspire Together. Cooperation partners for this event are the U.S. Consulate Leipzig and the Literaturhaus Leipzig.

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