The 2013-2014 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series Is Underway

The 2013-2014 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series

2013-2014 Brochure Art by Kristen Argenio

The Folger Shakespeare Library has long been home to the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series. Join us this season as we welcome some of today’s most exciting authors, including Tom Perrotta, Maria Semple, Philip Caputo, Kevin Powers, George Saunders, Ayana Mathis, Justin Torres, Amy Tan, Richard Ford and more.

Tickets to each event are $15 and student, military, and senior discounts can be obtained by calling the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077. 


2012-2013 Reading Series Events: 

Tom Perrotta (left) & Maria Semple (right) - PF Reading Series 2013-2014

October 22, 2013 | 7:30 PM | $15
Tom Perrotta & Maria Semple
The Human Comedy: Serious Humor in the American Novel


Philip Caputo (left) & Kevin Powers (right)

November 4, 2013 | 7:30 PM | $15
Philip Caputo & Kevin Powers
Blood Lines: The Literature of War


George Saunders - 2013 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story

December 6, 2013 | 7:30 PM | $15
George Saunders
2013 PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony & Memorial Reading


Blake Bailey (left), Ruth Franklin (center), and D.T. Max (right)

February 4, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $15
Blake Bailey, Ruth Franklin, & D.T. Max
Whose Life Is it, Anyway?: The Literary Biographer’s Craft


Ayana Mathis (left) and Justin Torres (right)

February 24, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $15
Ayana Mathis & Justin Torres
Survival Instincts: First-time Novelists on the Ties That Bind


Amy Tan author photo

March 3, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $15
Amy Tan & Deborah Tannen
Two Lives in Language: Amy Tan and Deborah Tannen in Conversation


Richard Ford

April 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $15
Richard Ford
The Heart of Things Human: An Evening with Richard Ford


PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Logo

May 10, 2014 | 7:00 PM | $100 
34th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Featuring the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner, Finalists, and Judges
Award Ceremony & Reading followed by a buffet dinner
in the Old Reading Room of the Folger Shakespeare Library



Individual tickets are $15 and may be purchased online through the Box Office of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Discounts for students, educators, seniors, and active duty military personnel apply and can be obtained by calling the Box Office at (202) 544-7077. Unless otherwise noted, all readings take place at the Folger Shakespeare Library, located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC (one block east of the U.S. Capitol). Seating is general admission.