Literary Events

A full listing of literary events hosted by the Russian American Cultural Center.
  • An exciting new adventure classic with an unforgettable combination of American fantasy elements and Russian folklore enjoyable for middle graders through adults.
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • St-Petersburg Global Trade House
  • Russian scientist Lyudmila Trut and biologist and historian of science Lee Dugatkin tell the inside story of the science, politics, adventure and love behind it all.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • St.Petersburg Global Trade House
  • Dedicated to the poetry of BELLA AKHMADULINA
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 1 PM
  • POETS HOUSE (Elizabeth Kray Hall)
  • Margarita Meyendorff’s journey is thrillingly personal yet universal-the journey we all take, to find our true selves and safe haven.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • St. Petersburg Global Trade House
  • What a satirist could and what he couldn’t lampoon in the tightly controlled Soviet media? What would happen to him if he slipped?
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Hunter College
  • presented by the StoSvet Literary project and the Russian American Cultural Center
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 5 - 7 PM
  • The Uncle Vanya Café
  • Reading and discussion of her book about the children of WWII occupation/liberation and the search for their fathers.
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • St-Petersburg Global Trade House
  • a book review by Christina Lodder of LAZAR KHIDEKEL AND SUPREMATISM published in Burlinton Magazine, UK, January 2017
  • January 2017
  • Burlington Magazine , UK
  • Presented by the StoSvet Literary Project and Russian American Cultural Center. Moderator - Irina Mashinski.
  • Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 1 - 3 PM
  • Word Up Books
  • Presented by the StoSvet Literary Project and Russian American Cultural Center. Featuring Tomas Venclova, Valzhyna Mort and Vasil Makhno. Hosted by Irina Mashinski.
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 8 PM (getting together starting @ 7 PM)
  • Uncle Vanya Cafe
  • Please join us for a book-signing and reception with Julia Tulovsky and Tatiana Kubensky, for Julia Tulovsky’s new book, Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • St. Petersburg Global Trade House
  • Russian American Cultural Center is pleased to announce:
  • Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 pm
  • Литературному проекту “СтоСвет” – 10 лет
  • Thursday, May 5 2016 8pm Четверг 5 мая, 8ч. вечера
  • Литературному проекту “СтоСвет” – 10 лет
  • Dedicated to the Poetry of BORIS SLUTSKY
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016, 1 PM
  • POETS HOUSE (Elizabeth Kray Hall)
  • ДЕКАБРИСТЫ И ДЕКАБРИЗМ ВЧЕРА, СЕГОДНЯ, ЗАВТРА
  • MONDAY DECEMBER 14, 2015, 6pm
  • COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
  • The StoSvet Literary Project, the Russian American Cultural Center and Poets House present.Translated by Boris Dralyuk and Hosted by Irina Mashinski.
  • Saturday, December 5, 2015 @2PM
  • Poets House, The Elizabeth Kray Hall
  • Russian American Cultural Center presents: Poetry by Eugene Ostashevsky and fiction by Zarina Zabrisky, in their only New York appearance this year.
  • Wednesday, November 11, 6-8pm
  • Poets House
  • The curator of the series – Irina Mashinski, Producer – Regina Khidekel
  • Tuesday, 2 June 2015 6.:30 PM
  • Uncle Vanya Café
  • The curator of the series – Irina Mashinski, StoSvet editor Producer – Regina Khidekel, RACC director
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 7.00 PM
  • The SLASH Series 7/Artists
  • The Heyman Center welcomes Russia-born poets
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:15pm
  • presented by StoSvet Literary Project, MadHat Press and Russian-American Cultural Center
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 4 PM
  • POETS HOUSE (Elizabeth Kray Hall)
  • Alexander Matlin will read short stories and poems from his new book "2=1".
  • TBA November 2014
  • The StoSvet Literary Project and RACC present the readings dedicated to the generation of Russian-American poets born in the late 1960s and 1970s.
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 | 6:30 PM
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • Reading in Russian and English and conversation about encounters with Igor Guberman and translating his poetry.
  • December 18, 2014 | 6:30 PM
  • Rustico Café
  • Susan Gold reading from her new novel, set in Soviet Russia after Perestroika reveals gross corruption, sweeping betrayal, and a metals deal in palladium gone bad.
  • December 10, 2014 | 6:30 PM
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • Poets/teachers, poets/architects… Our series is about the word to the right of the slash. On April 29, the word is “interpreters”.
  • Tuesday, 29 April 2014 , 7 pm | Вторник, 29 апреля 2014, 7:00 вечера
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • Poets/teachers, poets/architects… Our series is about the word to the right of the slash. On May 10, the word is “psychologists”.
  • Saturday, May 10, 2014 , 6:30 pm | Суббота, 10 мая 2014, 6:30 вечера
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • An inspiring talk about the crucial social role of Jewish humor at the time of the modern-day exodus of Jews from Russia by Hunter College professor Emil Draitser.
  • Friday, May 9th, 2014 | 7 pm
  • Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Irina Mashinski is a poet, the author of nine collections of poetry and translations
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | 7:00PM
  • Uncle Vanya Cafe
  • This year’s Compass Award competition is dedicated to the poetry of Arseny Tarkovsky (1907-89).
  • Accepting submissions from February 15 through July 31, 2014
  • Reading from a debut novel "Returns and Exchanges" by Yuri Kruman.
  • January 22, 7:00 PM
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • The third Compass Award contest (2013) was for translations of Maria Petrovykh (1908-79)
  • January 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm
  • A reading from a new online anthology of works by 50 contemporary Russian poets, edited and with a preface by Larissa Shmailo, celebrating poetry and translation.
  • December 11, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Cornelia Street Café
  • Welcome to “1983, a Dialectical Novel” – the new book from Anthony Saidy which imagines an alternative storyline to the final decades of the Soviet Union.
  • November 12, 2013, 7:00 PM
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • Stealing Cherries by Marina Rubin - Literature with an Adrenaline Rush. Today’s short attention span literature, a book for all seasons and people.
  • October 24, 2013, 7:30 PM
  • JCC Manhattan
  • In this engaging and penetrating study, Alyssa Dinega Gillespie focuses on Tsvetaeva's poetry, rediscovering her as a serious thinker.
  • June 2013
  • An evening of poetry and reflection. Our series is about the word to the right of the slash.
  • May 23, 2013
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • Celebrate the publication of The Jews of Pinsk, 1881-1941, the most comprehensive history of a single Jewish community in any language.
  • May 5, 2013
  • Museum at Eldridge Street
  • An evening of poetry and reflection. Our series is about the word to the right of the slash.
  • February 27, 2013
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • The second annual Compass Award contest is dedicated to the translation of poetic works of Marina Tsvetaeva.
  • January 12, 2013
  • Poets House, Elizabeth Kray Hall
  • New translations into Russian of Emily Dickinson's poems and Shakespeare's sonnets and the original verse (in Russian).
  • November 27, 2012
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • На кудыкину гору: Одесский роман | From Here to Wherever: An Odessa novel
  • November 20, 2012
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • Congratulations to Boris Dralyuk and Irina Mashinski - First Place winners for Field Hospital by Arseny Tarkovsky!
  • November 2012
  • Stephen Spender Trust
  • Come celebrate HIAS' 130th Anniversary... and your success! Join us as we launch HIAS' new book: "HIAS@130: 1+30, the Best of myStory."
  • April 22, 2012
  • Center for Jewish History
  • Второй вечер из новой серии SLASH: Врачи. An evening of poetry and reflection.
  • April 19, 2012
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Presented by St. Petersburg Review, Cardinal Points Literary Journal and Russian American Cultural Center.
  • April 18, 2012
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • The title of this festival, 0, 2012: The Last Futurist Lab is a reference to 1915's "0, 10: The Last Futurist Exhibition"...
  • March 19, 2012
  • Does it really matter what a poet does besides writing, how he/she earns a living? Do poets working in the same field have anything in common?
  • March 16, 2012
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • For all those interested in the secret machinations that often occur behind political movements, this program is for you!
  • January 25, 2012
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • Mark Serman presents Four Lives of Ruth Zernova - a collection of memoirs by friends, family and colleagues of the writer.
  • December 8, 2011
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • An Hour and a Half of Poetry, Songs, and Translation
  • October 30, 2011
  • The Bowery Poetry Club
  • A reading (in Russian) from a newly released book В пятьсот веселом эшелоне, Franc Tireur Publishing.
  • September 22, 2011
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • The Unlikely Connections Series: Irina Mashinski - Poet, Writer, and Cardinal Points Editor.
  • May 19, 2011
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Join us for an evening that will honor the memory of Holocaust victims and affirm our hopes for a better and more humane world.
  • May 3, 2011
  • Mid-Manhattan Library
  • Presentation of the book, "Shakedown Socialism," and discussion with the author, exploring and explaining why socialism cannot work.
  • April 27, 2011, 7:00 PM
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Join us for this discussion about the clash between psychoanalysis and Stalinism in Mexico during the 1930s.
  • March 25, 2011
  • Instituto Cervantes at Amster Yard
  • Samuel Menashe's most recent collections of poems are New and Selected Poems (Library of America, 2005) and an expanded edition of the same book, New and Selected Poems.
  • March 22, 2011
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • RACC and Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York present "Russian-Israeli Art: Then and Now."
  • February 9, 2011
  • The Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts
  • Presentation of Polonsky's newly released book, "Molotov's Magic Lantern," which explores the people, places, and ideas from Russia's past.
  • January 12, 2011, 7:00 PM
  • Idlewild Books
  • Evening and book signing with a scientist and history author.
  • December 15, 2010
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • The Jewish Conundrum in World History.
  • October 22, 2010
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Alexander Matlin lives in the USA since 1974. Before emigrating from the Soviet Union, his short stories and topical satires were published in the Crocodile Magazine in Moscow.
  • September 29, 2010
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Stalin's Romeo Spy. The Remarkable Rise and Fall of the KGB's Most Daring Operative.
  • May 6, 2010
  • In her own words, Nicole Brun-Mercer: "The Golden Ring takes place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the historic "golden ring" cities Vladimir and Suzdal.
  • April 21, 2010
  • Globetrippin Bookstore
  • A presentation of Susan Gold's memoir The Eyes Are the Same about childhood in Poland and Ukraine during the WWII as seen through a child's eyes.
  • April 20, 2010
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Stalin's Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953.
  • March 2, 2010
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Philip Pomper was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago, where he specialized in modern European history and Russian history.
  • February 9, 2010
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • The Disposable Birds compilation includes selected verses and poems spanning end of 1970s through 2008.
  • January 26, 2010
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Please join NYRB Classics and translator Robert Chandler for a READING and RECEPTION in celebration of the publication of Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman.
  • January 21, 2010
  • Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War, An interactive discussion series "Memory and History."
  • October 29, 2009
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Reading of poetry from his collection of original verse in Russian and translations of poetry from English and Spanish.
  • October 20, 2009
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Homage to the memory of Aleksandr Galich at 90, with words by Drs. Gene Sosin and Gloria Donen Sosin, who both knew Galich personally.
  • October 15, 2009, 6:30 PM
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • The bilingual reading from a newly released book A Unique Occurrence.
  • September 15, 2009
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • The Russian American Cultural Center of New York and St. Petersburg Review enthusiastically sponsor a poetry reading of Dmitry Golyanko.
  • May 18, 2009
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Alexander Matlin lives in the USA since 1974. Before emigrating from the Soviet Union, his short stories and topical satires were published in the Crocodile Magazine in Moscow.
  • May 13, 2009
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Book and art documentary presentation.
  • January 28, 2009
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Bakhyt Kenjeev is a frequent participant of major international festivals.
  • November 30, 2008
  • Russian Samovar (upstairs)
  • Presentation of an International video/literature/translation project: The Poet's Address - St. Petersburg
  • May 27, 2008
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Marina Temkina "Reading from the recent book Canto Immingranto."
  • April 16, 2008
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Genrikh Golin: "Einstein and Russia"
  • March 3, 2008
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Literary critic and essayist, Genis writes on the lives, food and social customs of the world.
  • January 20, 2008
  • Central Library
  • Matvei Yankelevich and Eugene Ostashevsky: "reading of works by Daniil Kharms and the Oberiu."
  • January 16, 2008
  • A Public Space
  • The story of the transformation of a city-raised, Cornell-educated American to someone who could survive in virtual isolation from the civilized world.
  • 2008
  • Liberty Prize is the first-ever award established specifically for the purpose of recognizing and honoring people who have made an outstanding contribution to the Russian-American culture.
  • 2008
  • Emil Draitser will present his newly published (University of California Press) book entitled Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin.
  • 2008
  • Writer, journalist, laureate of the Russian America contest, and participant of the Moscow Poetry Biennale 2007...
  • December 27, 2007
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • Vladimir Solovyov Reading from new controversial book: "Post Mortem: The Banned Book on Joseph Brodsky" (in Russian).
  • October 17, 2007
  • Russian Bookstore Club
  • New Novel about "Andrei" Warhol by Alexander J. Motyl.
  • October 10, 2007
  • The Harriman Institute, 12th Floor, International Affairs Building
  • RACC Literature Series, "Meet the Writer: Alexander Kushner."
  • September 30, 2007
  • Kings Bay YM-YMHA
  • Gary Shteyngard Author of: "The Russian Debutante's Handbook" and others The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.
  • June 8, 2007
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage and The Russian American Cultural Center are pleased to announce a joint event series.
  • June 8, 2007
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
  • BESA ME MUCHO by Mariam Yuzefovskaya at the Russian Book Club.
  • April 22, 2007
  • Russian Book Club
  • Alexei Bayer and Valery Bazarov.
  • April 16, 2007
  • Russian Bookstore No. 21
  • Genya Turovskaya's poetry chapbook The Tides and Eugene Ostashevsky's poetry chapbook DJ Spinoza's Dozen have both just been released by Octopus Books.
  • March 19, 2007
  • Russian Bookstore No.21
  • Michael Skakun discusses issues of exile, displacement, identity, and surviving extremity in this presentation: "At the Mind's Limit: Exile, Memory, and Identity."
  • February 14, 2006, 6:00 PM
  • Bowery Poetry Club
  • After the Orchard: A Russian Journal is based on Anthony Newfield’s experiences in Russia while studying at the Moscow Art Theatre.
  • November 15, 2005
  • The Bowery Poetry Club
  • An Evening of Russian-American Literature, with the presentation of a New Book, and discussion by Paul La Farge and Wayne Chambliss.
  • July 26, 2005, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Bowery Poetry Club
  • Ruth Zernova (born Ruth Zevina in Odessa in 1919) was an author of many short stories and several novels.
  • April 24, 2005
  • The Bowery Poetry Club
  • Keith Gessen, Genya Turovskaya & Ilya Bernstein.
  • 2005
  • Pictures from the event.
  • June 27, 2004
  • A Book Reading and Signing by Celebrated Young Author and Russian Emigre, David Bezmozgis
  • June 20, 2004
  • 35 East 10 Street #4k