Wednesday, April 7, 2010

PEN World Voices Festival


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

Readings from Around the Globe
Celebrate the opening of the Festival with 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-Sánchez, Patti Smith, Andrzej Stasiuk, and Miguel Syjuco. >> Event details

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

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. Moderated by Robert Silvers, Editor of The New York Review of Books. >> Event details

Adaptation: From Page to Screen
Take a look at what is lost or gained in the translation of fiction to film with Philippe Djian, whose 37°2 le matin (Betty Blue) was directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix; Barry Gifford, whose Wild at Heart was directed by David Lynch and celebrates its 20th birthday this year; Richard Price, whose book Clockers was directed by Spike Lee; and Jean-Philippe Toussaint, whose work has been compared to the films of Jim Jarmusch. Francine Prose directs the action. >> Event details

New York Stories
New York seen from up close and afar by three great writers who were inextricably attached to the city—Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Elizabeth Hardwick. Colm Tóibín, Roxana Robinson, Darryl Pinckney, and Quim Monzó, all consider the city and the stories it has inspired. >> Event details

SATURDAY, MAY 1

Great Conversations

Don’t miss three conversations at Cooper Union’s Great Hall with some of the most engaging minds of our times. (Please note that times for the following 3 events have changed since previous listings.)

1 p.m.: Jonathan Lethem and Patti Smith. >> Event details

3 p.m.: Toni Morrison, Marlene Van Nierkerk, and Anthony Appiah. >> Event details

4:30 p.m.: Anne Frank: The Diary, the Girl, and the Publishing Phenomenon with Francine Prose, Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colon, and Judith Thurman. >> Event details


Fourth Annual PEN Cabaret Featuring: Natalie Merchant, Ariel Dorfman, and Ben Okri
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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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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