Thursday, March 25, 2010

Announcing the Sixth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature‏

The Sixth Annual

April 26 to May 2, 2010

150 Writers from 40 countries in more than 50 events

Featuring: Sherman Alexie, Maziar Bahari, Alina Bronsky, Philippe Djian, Ariel Dorfman, Roddy Doyle, Richard Ford, Shirley Hazzard, Mohsin Hamid, Aleksandar Hemon, Yiyun Li, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, Natalie Merchant, Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Sofi Oksanen, Richard Price, Salman Rushdie, Patti Smith, and Jean-Philippe Toussaint, along with many other participants.

PEN American Center is proud to announce the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Join us for an exciting week-long celebration of books and writing from around the globe. A stellar line-up of emerging and established authors will take the stage in venues across New York City and several satellite locations from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. Don’t miss this exciting cross-cultural literary exchange, featuring conversations, panels, performances, readings, a translation slam, and an all-star Cabaret night!

For a full schedule of Festival events and a complete list of participating authors, please visit

Many events are free but some events require paid tickets and/or reservations and are likely to sell out.

Wednesday, April 28

Readings from Around the Globe
Celebrate the opening of the festival with an evening of readings featuring an extraordinary lineup of internationally acclaimed writers: Mohsin Hamid, László Krasznahorkai, Andrea Levy, Yiyun Li, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, Sofi Oksanen, Atiq Rahimi, Salman Rushdie, Alberto Ruy-Sanchez, Patti Smith, Andrzej Stasiuk, and Miguel Syjuco.

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Thursday, April 29

Adaptation: From Page to Screen
Philippe Djian, on whose book the film Betty Blue was based, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, whose work has been compared to the films of Jim Jarmusch, Barry Gifford, whose Wild at Heart was directed by David Lynch and celebrates its 20th birthday this year, and Richard Price, whose book Clockers was directed by Spike Lee, take a look at what is lost—or gained—in the translation of fiction to film. Francine Prose directs the action.

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Weather Report: What Can We Do?
A transatlantic conversation about the latest on global warming, the Copenhagen climate talks, and policy options for the future, featuring some of the premier scientists and writers from the U.S. and Scandinavia. Presented in collaboration with NYRB and the Fritt Ord Freedom of Expression Foundation of Norway.

Tickets for this event go on sale late afternoon Friday, March 19.

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Friday, April 30

The Great Fire—Shirley Hazzard in Conversation with Richard Ford
Don’t miss this rare meeting of two modern-day masters of the English language and the grand themes—“time, love, the coming around of inexorable events … the acceleration and dislocation of modern life.”

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Saturday, May 1

The Fourth Annual PEN Cabaret
Join acclaimed songwriter Natalie Merchant performing songs from her new album, award-wining author Ariel Dorfman reading a spooky cyber horror tale, and appearances by Booker Prize–winning novelist Ben Okri, Georgian novelist and performance artist Irakli Kakabadze, and surprise guests. Emceed by editor, author, and jazz singer extraordinaire Rakesh Satyal.

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Sunday, May 2

Sherman Alexie: The Fifth Annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture
I Writer: The artistic, political and economic responsibilities of writers in the digital age. As print publishing is rapidly changing, and radically altering what it means to be a writer, how should we respond? Don’t miss this unique appearance by the National Book Award–winning author.

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The PEN World Voices Festival is made possible by the generous support of many co-sponsors, partner organizations, cultural agencies, and individual donors. The Sponsors for this year’s Festival are Bloomberg, The Kaplen Foundation, LJK Literary Management, Stephen & Ann Pleshette Murphy, Random House, Arthur Ross Foundation, Annette Tapert & Joseph Allen and The Roger Smith Hotel.
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