Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 PEN World Voices Daily Highlights‏

2011 PEN World Voices Daily Highlights‏


2011 PEN World Voices Festival

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature kicks off tonight. The week-long cross-cultural exchange is packed with events which are quickly selling out so get your tickets now! For a full schedule of Festival events and a complete list of participating authors, please visit www.pen.org/festival

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (using the #pwv11 hashtag) for the latest updates. For a sneak preview of PEN World Voices, visit our brand new reading and conversation series PEN Talks, featuring Festival participants Lisa Dierbeck, Susan Rosenberg, and Roxana Robinson.

Each day this week, you can also download a literary mixtape of excerpts from Festival participants to read on your Kindle, iPad, or Nook. Today's e-book features work from Malcolm Gladwell, Molly Crabapple, Hervé Le Tellier, and more.


Deborah Eisenberg

TONIGHT: Opening Night: Written on Water


Get a glimpse of the week-long celebration of world literature at Chelsea Piers' stunning Lighthouse with a stellar lineup of authors: Gioconda Belli, Iva Bittová, Mircea Cãrtãrescu, Deborah Eisenberg, Evan Fallenberg, Malcolm Gladwell, Hanif Kureishi, Andrea Levy, Agi Mishol, Amélie Nothomb, Salman Rushdie, and Wallace Shawn.

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Herve Le Tellier

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TONIGHT: The Public Intellectual

What has become of the public intellectual's role in these modern times? Attend tonight's event to find out. With Manuel de Lope, Peter Godwin, Pierre Guyotat, Linda Polman, and Hervé Le Tellier; moderated by Jane Ciabattari.

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Rula Jebreal

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WEDNESDAY: Revolutionaries in the Arab World

Hear from experts and on-the-ground bloggers how social media and citizen journalism galvanize the revolution. In the borderless world of the Internet, where revolutionary ideas spread at lightning speed, will other despotic regimes collapse? Alex Nunns, editor of Tweets from Tahrir (O/R Books) will be joined by Palestinian author/journalist Rula Jebreal (Miral), blogger Issandr El Amrani (The Arabist), Moroccan writer Abdellah Taia, and Moroccan-Dutch writer Adbelkader Benali to tackle these urgent questions.

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Wole Soyinka

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SUNDAY: The Sixth Annual Freedom to Write Lecture: Wole Soyinka

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Nigerian poet-dramatist, Wole Soyinka, writes: "Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth." Join him for a thoughtful examination of censorship-and a writer's purpose and responsibility in a climate of forced silences and intolerance.

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[See full schedule of Festival events]
PEN American Center | 588 Broadway, Suite 303 | New York | NY | 10012

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