Episode 21 brings you the 25th anniversary of the PEN/Faulkner Gala, which was held on Monday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. The Gala celebrates and supports the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program. Twelve authors joined Master of Ceremonies Calvin Trillin at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre to explore the theme of Renewal through original compositions written for the occasion. The event included our high school essay contest award winner Rachel Page, who read her prize-winning essay from the Folger stage alongside our other guest writers.
The episode features readings by Christopher Castellani, Matt Gallagher & Roy Scranton, Yiyun Li, Anthony Marra, Rachel Page, George Pelecanos, Mona Simpson, Christopher Tilghman, Meg Wolitzer, Tiphanie Yanique, and Mary Kay Zuravleff. Author and humorist Calvin Trillin served as the Master of Ceremonies.