The Festival of the European Short Story, the oldest European festival dedicated to this celebrated literary form, in its fourteenth edition brings over thirty short-story writers to about a dozen venues in Zagreb and Rijeka. Taking place from May 31 to June 5, this year's edition of the FESS focuses on the theme of "the Americas".

The Festival features presentations, discussions and readings by numerous writers from Croatia and abroad who are all in their own different ways linked to the New World. This year's guests include the award winning Harkaitz Cano from Spain, Álvaro Enrigue, a Mexican writer named one of the most influential contemporary writers in Spanish, Fernando Iwasaki, a writer, essayist and a historian of a dual Peruvian and Spanish identity, the new Mexican literary star Valeria Luiselli, Croatian-Canadian Josip Novakovich, the finalist for the Man Booker International Award, Santiago Roncagliolo, a Peruvian author, screenwriter, translation and journalist, and Lionel Shriver an American writer famed for her international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which several years ago passed the signal million-copies-sold mark and was adapted into an award-winning feature film directed by Lynne Ramsay.

Alongside its foreign guests, the FESS supports and promotes Croatian short-story writers and thus this year's program includes nineteen authors from Croatia reading their stories and discussing the Americas. 

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