Spark: The 27th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Celebration


Spark: The 27th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Celebration
Monday, October 5th, 2015  |  6:30 PM

On Monday, Oct. 5th, 2015, PEN/Faulkner will hold its 27th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Celebration at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. This annual event supports the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and our Writers in Schools programming, and features some of today’s finest authors reading works composed especially for the occasion.

This year, acclaimed authors Elliot Ackerman, Molly Antopol, Susan Coll, Marlon James, T. Geronimo Johnson, Kseniya Melnik, Julie Otsuka, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Justin Taylor, Kirstin Valdez Quade and Master of Ceremonies Calvin Trillin will take to the Folger’s stage to present work written on the theme of Spark.

Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., and the reading program starts at 7:30 p.m. The program will be followed by a dinner reception with chef stations featuring food prepared by local chefs. There will be lounge areas as well as tables available for pre-purchase.

Please note that this is no longer a seated event, and that it is no longer black tie. 

Individual tickets to the event are $500. More information can be attained and tickets purchased by calling the PEN/Faulkner office at 202-898-9063. Tickets are also available online.

You can also listen to readings from previous Gala celebrations as episodes of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast. Episode 21 comes from 2013’s “Renewal” Gala, and Episode 34 features last fall’s Gala celebrating the theme of “Danger.”