Thursday, April 21, 2011

PEN World Voices Kicks Off in Just Four Days: Get Tickets Now!?

PEN World Voices Kicks Off in Just Four Days: Get Tickets Now!?


2011 PEN World Voices Festival

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature is kicking off on Monday. Don't miss our Opening Night event, Written On Water, at the stunning Chelsea Pier's Lighthouse. 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 also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (using the #pwv11 hashtag) for the latest updates. We will be offering free tickets on Twitter leading up to and during the Festival. For a sneak preview of PEN World Voices, visit our brand new reading and conversation series PEN Talks, which kicks off with Festival participants Lisa Dierbeck and Susan Rosenberg.


Many events are free, but some events require paid tickets and/or reservations, including the highlighted events below.



Note: If you plan to travel to New York to attend the Festival, please check out our accommodations page.



Wednesday

Rula Jebreal


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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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Hanif Kureishi

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De-Gentrify New York and Give Her Back to the World

New York has seen a gentrification of the mind as well as neighborhood. Hanif Kureishi, Tracie Morris, Luc Sante, and Sarah Schulman gather to discuss how to de-gentrify New York and take her back as a place of refuge, insight, and a key global headquarters for the production of new ideas and political movements.

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Thursday

Zha Jianying

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China in Two Acts

Born in Beijing and educated in the United States, New Yorker contributor Zha Jianying has unique insight into the rapidly changing world inside China. She will be joined by Ian Buruma and David Rieff to discuss the plight of the country's best-known artist, Ai Weiwei, and Nobel Peace Prize winner and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo. In a 30-minute presentation, Zha sheds light on the polarized political order and the cultural forces that are shaping the world's most populous nation. Following Zha's remarks, a panel of journalists and writers join her on stage for a lively debate.

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Elif Shafak

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Diaspora Capitals

New York City has always been a powerful attractor for migrants, transplants, and diverse communities of every imaginable type. But this city is only one of many that serves as a crossroad and meeting point-especially for writers. What is the special relationship between cities and diaspora communities, with writers and migrants from around the world?

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Friday

Laurie Anderson

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Poetry: The Second Skin

Experimental performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson curates a multimedia extravaganza exploring the porous borders between poetry and music. With John Burnside, Ernesto Cardenal, David-Dephy Gogibedashvili, Hasina Gul, Yusef Komunyakaa, Juan Carlos Mestre, Joachim Sartorius, Pia Tafdrup, and surprise guests.

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Saturday

Thomas Espedal

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Education, Knowledge, Learning

What does it mean to be an educated person? What kind of education do our children deserve, and how can we ensure that our youths develop into intelligent, responsible, and compassionate adult citizens of the world?

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Sunday

Garry Kasparov

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Russia in Two Acts: Featuring Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Sorokin, and others

Watch a World Champion chess player, now journalist, unravel the complexities of Russia's cultural and geopolitical landscape. A panel of Russian experts--from critics to novelists--will comment on Kasparov's talk and engage in a debate about where this mammoth country is headed. With Jamey Gambrell, Garry Kasparov, Vladmir Sorokin, and Fedor Svarovskiy; moderated by Christian Caryl.

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[See full schedule of Festival events]




FOR PEN MEMBERS ONLY

There are just a few remaining spots in these Working Day breakout sessions. Be sure to reserve your place in advance.

Open only to PEN Members, Festival authors, heads of cultural agencies, and press. RSVP required: e-mail jessica@pen.org by April 22.

Working Day Workshops
Thursday, April 28:

Education, Knowledge, Learning
2 p.m.: Old School

New Orleans
2 p.m.: Old School

De-Gentrify New York and Give Her Back to the World
2 p.m.: Old School



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