Episode 34 – The 26th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala: “Danger”

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From Left: Isabel Wilkerson, Ishmael Beah, Benjamin Alire Sáenz (seated), Piper Kerman (seated), Adelle Waldman, David Baldacci (seated), Rachel Pyfrom, Mitchell S. Jackson (seated), Madison Smartt Bell, Calvin Trillin, Elliott Holt (seated), Rachel Pastan, and Daniela Shia-Sevilla.

Episode 34 brings you the 26th anniversary of the PEN/Faulkner Gala, which was held on October 6th, 2014, 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 Danger through original compositions written for the occasion. The event included our high school essay contest awards winner Rachel Pyfrom and Daniela Shia-Sevilla, who read their prize-winning essays from the Folger stage alongside our other guest writers.

The episode features readings by David Baldacci, Ishmael Beah, Madison Smartt BellElliott Holt, Mitchell S. Jackson, Piper Kerman, Rachel Pastan, Rachel Pyfrom, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Daniela Shia-Sevilla, Adelle Waldman, and Isabel Wilkerson. Author and humorist Calvin Trillin served as the Master of Ceremonies.

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Thank you to Benedict Kupstas and Field Guides for donating the music used in this episode. Listen here to Field Guides’ album Boo, Forever.