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The Brian Lehrer Show

World Voices, Hate Speech?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The novelist Francine Prose discusses why she withdrew as a host from the PEN gala. Then, PEN's president Andrew Solomon talks about the state of free expression.

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A Reporter's Perspective on War at PEN World Voices

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

As part of the recent PEN World Voices Festival, Polish journalist and author Wojciech Jagielski was interviewed by Joel Whitney, a founding editor of Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics. Listen to the talk between Jagielski and Whitney.

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Sly Company

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rahul Bhattacharya,  cricket journalist and author of the novel, The Sly Company of People Who Care(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011), talks about his new novel about a cricket writer from Bombay who travels to Guyana.

— See Rahul in person at the Pen World Voices Festival today at 2pm at The Great Global Book Swap and at 5pm for a cocktail hour reading.

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Front Lines and Headlines: A PEN Panel on Covering War

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Deborah Amos, Philip Gourevich, Arnon Grunberg, Sebastian Junger and Daniele Mastrogiacomo talked about the role of the journalist in war for a PEN World Voices Festival panel held at Le Poisson Rouge. Listen to their conversation here.

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There is No Farewell to Arms: War and the Novel at PEN

Friday, May 14, 2010

Four novelists from Afghanistan, Israel, Romania, and Spain discuss how war has influenced their lives and their works at the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to the event here.

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Global Voices at the PEN Festival

Monday, May 10, 2010

Opening night of the PEN World Voice Festival brought together literary superstars from around the world. Listen to an international selection of authors read in their native languages here.

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Talk to Me: Patti Smith Chats with Jonathan Lethem

Friday, May 07, 2010

Patti Smith spoke with Jonathan Lethem about writing, CBGB, and New York nostalgia for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to their conversation and Smith's song about William Blake.

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Taming the Gods with Ian Buruma

Friday, May 07, 2010

Ian Buruma, author of Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, sat with Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco during the Pen World Voices Festival. The two intellectuals met head-to-head at  powerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn and hashed out some of the most important and highly controversial topics in modern discourse both in America and Europe: religion, freedom, immigration and democracy.

Stream and download the entire conversation here.

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Talk to Me: Utopia and Dystopia at PEN

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Russian poet Inga Kuznetsova, Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo, Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk and New York's own Jonathan Lethem talked about utopia and dystopia for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to the event here.

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Talk to Me: Shirley Hazzard on 'Fire'

Monday, May 03, 2010

Shirley Hazzard spoke with fellow author Richard Ford about writing, poetry and much more for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to their conversation here.

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Talk to Me: New York Stories at the PEN Festival

Friday, April 30, 2010

Colm Tóibín, Roxana Robinson, Darryl Pinckney and Quim Monzó discuss New York's effect on writers for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Stream and download audio from the panel event here.

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PEN World Voices Festival: Women Sex and Fiction

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The PEN World Voices Festival kicked off with a panel about women and fiction in translation that addressed big, messy topics... that are impossible to put to rest.

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Talk To Me: PEN World Voices Festival

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature brings writers from around the world to New York for discussions, lectures and performances that spotlight and celebrate the written word’s ability to bridge the largest cultural gaps.

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