The MIT Press will sponsor the American Literature and Culture program at the 2019 Oxford Literary Festival, marking the first time a university press sponsor has partnered with the festival in this way.
The MIT Press takes over the role after it was held by Arizona State University for almost a decade.
As part of the partnership, the US academic press will bring seven authors, including Barack Obama’s former advisor Cass Sunstein, over from North America to discuss topics as diverse as cybersecurity, the FBI and climate politics. The program weekend will also include the Festival American Dinner held in the 14th-century great hall of New College.
MIT Press director Amy Brand said: “The Oxford Literary Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the written word and we are honored to join with the Festival in support of the American Literature and Culture Program. The MIT Press has a robust international publishing program and we are proud to bring so many of our wonderful authors to Oxford this year.”
Festival Director Sally Dunsmore added: “We are delighted to welcome MIT Press as our sponsor and partner for our American programme of speakers. Each year MIT Press publishes an impressive list of authors - writers often not published elsewhere and whose original thinking and expertise we will showcase at this year's festival. Our partnership will enhance the international flavour of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.”
The 2019 FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival takes place from Saturday 30th March to Sunday 9th April.