The School of Writing is happy to be hosting three days of events of the annual PEN World Voices Festival this weekend. This year's festival revolves around courageous art and literature and the individuals who fight to make it:
Writers from across the globe convene in New York to explore bravery in art, politics and personal life. This year's Festival will examine writers' impact on political transformations in recent global hot spots such as Burma, Palestine, South Africa, Haiti, and Guantanamo Bay—as well as honor those small acts of bravery displayed in everyday life.
Join us at The New School for the following forums and readings by celebrated and courageous authors and critics.
Note: All events at The New School will be held at Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12th St) unless otherwise indicated. Tickets are available to be purchased at the door, by visiting www.worldvoicesfestival.org, or by calling (866) 811-4111.
Thursday, May 2nd
Since her first collection of stories, At the Bottom of the River, Jamaica Kincaid has been a leading chronicler of Caribbean culture and tradition. Join us for this frank discussion between two writers who reveal the disparity between the way the world is and the way it could be.
Acclaimed poet and author of the novel Push, Sapphire is a relentless advocate for change. Don’t miss this engaging dialogue between two writers of formidable talent.
Friday, May 3rd
The Testament of Mary: A Discussion on the Broadway Show
Tishman Auditorium, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
FREE, no tickets required
Award-winning actress Fiona Shaw, writer Colm Toibin, and director Deborah Warner discuss the process of bringing The Testament of Mary, Toibin’s adaptation of his 2012 novella, to the Broadway stage. Mary tells her own story in the inventive and controversial new work, and thus, writes a new testament of Christ.
At dinner parties, on editorial pages, from academic lecterns, and in myriad other forums, the impact of digital age on publishing had been widely discussed. Now, a panel of industry heavy-hitters will take the conversation to the next level; by discussing the discussion itself. Are the right topics being addressed? Where is the conversation headed? With Chris Hughes, Bhaskar Sunkara, Robert Silvers, and Katrina Vanden Heuvel. Moderated by Suzanna Nossell.
In this candid dialogue, essayist Fran Lebowitz will weigh in on bravery in art. Timelessy hip, sardonic, and New-York-to-the-marrow, Lebowitz was recently the subject of Public Speaking, a documentary film by Martin Scorsese.
Saturday, May 4th
All That’s Left to You: Palestinian Writers in Conversation
Tishman Auditorium, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$25/$20 PEN/USA Members and students will valid ID.
For the first time in the Festival’s history, PEN brings together a panel of leading Palestinian writers to take their place in the global literary community. From Palestine and form the diaspora, they will share their work, experiences, and visions, revealing how a literature is both imagined and created under occupation, siege, and exile. Co-sponsored by The New School, ArteEast, The Lannan Foundation, and the Open Society
Master/Class: Eduardo Galeano with Jessica Hagedorn
Tishman Auditorium, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
$20/$15 PEN/USA Members and students will valid ID.
Celebrated Uruguayan storyteller and chronicler of history’s forgotten, Eduardo Galeano, talks about the intersection of literature and politics can become the poetic and where poetry is unafraid of politics.
In 1947, a distinguished Hungarian art movement called the European School initiated a project called the Invisible Symposium. Artists from a variety of disciplines—including writers, visual artists, philosophers, and editors—were all asked the same set of questions. Their answers were collected and published. The 2013 PEN World Voices Festival mounts its own Invisible Symposium, with a focus on the current state of democracy. Why is it ailing? What challenges will it face in the years to come? Actors will portray the participating intellectuals in a staged exchange of ideas, conveying an engaging and entertaining virtual dialogue among the world’s most important thinkers. In collaboration with Jacobin. Emceed and Hosted by Brooke Gladstone.