The 2012 PEN/Faulkner Gala

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s 24th annual Gala took place on the evening of Monday, Sept. 10th at the Folger Shakespeare Library and featured hilarious and heartbreaking readings by Carol AnshawLouis BayardChris BohjalianBen FountainMajor JacksonVaddey RatnerElissa SchappellSusan Richards ShreveLuis Alberto Urrea, and Hilma Wolitzer. Emceed by Calvin Trillin, the theme for this year’s gala was “Resilience,” a topic handled with grace by our authors. As ever, the evening featured a cocktail reception in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s great hall, a reading in the Elizabethan Theatre, and dinner in the Paster Reading Room. A podcast of the evening’s readings will be available shortly on PEN/Faulkner’s podcast page as well as on iTunes.  

All photos by James R. Brantley