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Talk to Me: Wole Soyinka Lectures on Freedom, Myths and Metaphors at the New York Public Library

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Listen to the Nigerian author's "Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture" talk here.

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Working Words: Writers Try to Fix It at the PEN World Voices Festival

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Is the pen mightier than the sword, or any number of other challenges? That’s what “A Working Day,” at the PEN World Voices Festival set out to explore on April 28.

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Talk to Me: New Orleans as Paradox

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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New Orleans manages to leave a mark, good or bad, on its tourists, natives, and those who've decided to take up roots there. Most people who visit have a great time, but many can attest to how the city's unique insular culture, history and traditions can be as frustrating as they are fascinating. As part of the 2011 Pen World Voices Festival of International Literature, five distinguished New Orleans writers — Sarah Broom, Richard Campanella, Nicholas Lemann, Fatima Sheik and Billy Sothern — recently read selections from their published books and essays.

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Talk to Me: The PEN World Voices Festival Takes on Corporate Publishing

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Listen to the audio of a PEN World Voices Festival panel at the Standard Hotel. Writers and editors talked about the ways in which corporate publishing limited access to audiences, the pressure to mainstream, and editing as a form of censorship.

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Talk to Me: From Russia with Love at the Greene Space

Friday, May 06, 2011

On a recent Tuesday, New York Public Radio's Jerome L. Greene Space hosted a literary salon as part of the 2011 PEN World Voices Festival. Download the talk, “From Russia with Love,” featuring Russian poetry, criticism, and classical music here.

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Talk to Me: China in Two Acts

Thursday, May 05, 2011

China watchers and writers Ian Buruma, Yan Lianke, Linda Polman, David Rieff, and Zha Jianying spoke at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature to discuss human rights in China at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.

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Written On the Water, Heard in the Wind: PEN World Voices Festival

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Pen World Voices Festival opens in New York on Monday. The annual event is a bold reminder that writing is not just a leisure art resulting in a commodity, but an instrument of change, a tool for probing everything from revolution to the human psyche, and a vital bridge between nations and individuals.

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