February 21st: Cli-Fi: Nathaniel Rich and Kate Walbert

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Cli-Fi: Nathaniel Rich and Kate Walbert

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017  |  7:30 PM
Purchase a single ticket for $15

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003 
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The latest novels of Nathaniel Rich (Odds Against Tomorrow) and Kate Walbert (The Sunken Cathedral) masterfully portray visions of climate, landscape, and contemporary American life all in a state of flux.Their recent novels press us to more carefully consider our understandings of environmental and climate change, urban life and locations, and the implications of our landscapes edging towards doom. Join us on Tuesday, February 21st for what is sure to be a crucial and timely conversation on environmental disaster and the role fiction plays in the broader debate.


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Nathaniel Rich is the author of two novels: Odd Against Tomorrow and The Mayor’s Tongue. He is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and his essays have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and The Daily Beast. Rich’s novel Odds Against Tomorrow introduces us to an insurance analyst who, after accurately predicting natural disaster, braves the rising tides of a submerged city. Rich currently lives in New Orleans.

“This brilliantly conceived and extremely well-executed novel…is the opposite of a disaster, a knockout book by a young writer to keep your eye on.”
-Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered

 

 


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Kate Walbert is the author of A Short History of Women, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2009 and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, Our Kind, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2004, The Gardens of Kyoto, winner of the 2002 Connecticut Book Award in Fiction in 2002, and Where She Went, a collection of linked stories and New York Times notable book. Her most recent novel The Sunken Cathedral tells the intersecting stories of neighbors in a weather-threatened, flood-prone Manhattan. She currently lives in New York City with her family.

“A powerful elegy for a fading New York City and for the planet as a whole.”
–Courtney Sullivan, The Boston Globe

PEN/Faulkner is looking for a new Executive Director

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The PEN/Faulkner Foundation seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director starting in the summer of 2017.

PEN/Faulkner is a national literary organization with deep roots in Washington, DC. We work to honor excellent American fiction, connect writers with their readers, and support public school teachers and students in studying – and learning to love – contemporary literature.

The Executive Director will oversee a small team of experienced program staffers who administer one of the country’s premier literary prizes, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; coordinate public reading events in Washington, DC; and manage a Writers in Schools program that annually runs hundreds of author visits across 40 public schools in DC and Baltimore.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and experienced manager with at least 5 years at a director-level position helming an arts non-profit. The ED’s core responsibilities will focus on strategic planning, governance, communications, and fundraising. This is an extremely exciting position for someone eager to shepherd a storied literary organization into a future full of possibility.

Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to applications@penfaulkner.org by Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

January 10th: Urgently Human: Roxane Gay and Morgan Parker in Conversation

Urgently Human: Morgan Parker and Roxane Gay in Conversation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017  |  7:30 PM
Purchase a single ticket for $15

Lutheran Church of the Reformation (across the street from the Folger Shakespeare Library)
212 East Capitol St., NE
Washington, DC 20003 
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Morgan Parker and Roxane Gay are two of our most incisive cultural observers. Their singular works press us to more carefully consider our understandings of racial and gender identity, movies and magazines, torture and love and joy. Join us on Tuesday, January 10th for what is sure to be a wide-ranging and urgent conversation.

 

otherpeoplescomfort_smallMorgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and also a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, will come out in February of 2017. She works as an editor for Little A and Day One, teaches creative writing and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series.

 

“Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night is hilarious and hard-hitting, and it ripples with energy, insight and searing music.
Tracy K. Smith

 

 


 

difficulttRoxane Gay is a fiction writer and essayist whose most recent works are the best-selling essay collection, Bad Feminist, the memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and the short story collection Difficult Women. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, American Short FictionVirginia Quarterly Review, the New York Times, the Guardian, Bookforum, Time, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors. She splits her time between Indiana and Los Angeles.

“A strikingly fresh cultural critic.”
–Ron Charles, the Washington Post

Subscribe to the 2016-2017 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series!

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Join us this year at the Folger Shakespeare Library and partake in one of Washington’s most unique and provoking literary series

  • Hear a diverse set of acclaimed authors read
  • Guarantee your seat
  • Save 20% off single ticket prices, including the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony & Dinner
  • Enjoy book-signing receptions at the Folger Shakespeare Library

How To Subscribe

To subscribe, call the Folger Shakespeare Library’s box office: 202-544-7077. You can also subscribe online. Simply visit http://www.folger.edu/subscribe-penfaulkner.

2016-2017 Reading Series Events

October 20th, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. ($24.00)
The Eudora Welty Lecture: Salman Rushdie
Presented by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Eudora Welty Foundation. This inaugural lecture will be held at the National Cathedral.

December 2nd, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. ($25.00)
The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story: Honoring Joy Williams

January 10th, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
What Culture We Consume: Hilton Als and Roxane Gay in Conversation

February 21st, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Cli-Fi: Nathaniel Rich and Kate Walbert

March 6th, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Class in the Black Community: Angela Flournoy, Marcus Guillory, and Margo Jefferson

March 13th, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
We Wear the Masks: Manuel Gonzales and Gary Jackson
Presented by PEN/Faulkner and the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

April 7th, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
The Displaced: An Evening with Laila Lalami, Shobha Rao and Luis Urrea

May 6th, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. ($100)
The 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Unless otherwise noted, individual tickets are $15, with discounts for
students and seniors, and 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.

Episode 52 – Edna O’Brien

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Edna O’Brien at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Moderated by PEN/Faulkner Board Director Emeritus Stephen Goodwin

Edna O’Brien has been hailed as the doyenne of Irish literature. From the beginning of her career, O’Brien broke literary ground, writing openly about female sexuality in her first novel, The Country Girls. The book was lauded by critics and banned by the Irish Censorship Board. The idea that women had sex lives was, at that time, an obscene notion.

In the half century that’s followed, O’Brien has become one of the most celebrated writers in the English language.  She’s received the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, and honorary membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. O’Brien joined Stephen Goodwin at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue to discuss her latest novel The Little Red Chairs  her “masterpiece,” says Philip Roth – and to share her singular genius with us.

 

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

Episode 51 – Mitchell S. Jackson and Leslie Jamison

I Feel Your Pain: An Evening with Mitchell S. Jackson and Leslie Jamison

Moderated by PEN/Faulkner Board President Richard McCann

Mitchell S. Jackson’s novel The Residue Years, the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, is based on his own coming-of-age, in a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood harrowed by the crack cocaine epidemic. Leslie Jamison’s widely-lauded essay collection The Empathy Exams starts with her own memories of working as a model patient for medical students and goes on to explore how we perceive other people’s pain. Both writers investigate the extremes of experience – their own and others’ – in dazzling fiction and essays.

 

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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.

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!

This year’s judges, Sigrid Nunez, Chris Abani, and Chantel Acevedo, are poised to read the novels, novellas, and collections of short stories and to choose next year’s winner and finalists.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Books must be published in 2016.
  • Authors must be living American citizens.
  • Books must be published on a commercial, academic, or small press. No self-published books are accepted.
  • There are no submission fees or application forms.
  • Bound proofs are eligible for submission for books which will be published in November or December of 2016.
  • All submissions must be post-marked October 31, 2016.

Please send FOUR copies of each book to the following address for forwarding to the judges. You are invited to send as many shipments as you like, and are encouraged to send available books as soon as possible.

PEN/Faulkner Award Submissions
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

The award was founded by members of the international writers’ organization PEN and is now governed by an independent foundation board. The budget for the award and its administration is funded by gifts and grants. We are always grateful for support of the award and of other PEN/Faulkner programs.

The winning writer and four finalists are honored at a ceremony held in Washington at the Folger Shakespeare Library in May. To browse a list of past winners and finalists, click here. To read the award announcement letter, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, please send them to awards@penfaulkner.org.

Writers in Schools Panel at the Scottish Rite Center

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Writers in Schools Panel Discussion & Supper
Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM
Scottish Rite Center
2800 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009 [Map]
Free | Email rsvp@penfaulkner.org for tickets 

On June 2nd, the Scottish Rite Masons, in collaboration with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, proudly present Rachel Broudy, Richard McCann, Frazier O’Leary, George Pelecanos, and Morowa Yejidé with moderator Susan Eisenhower for an evening devoted to discussing PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools Program and why engagement with literature is crucial to student success in school — and in life.

  • Why is it important for students to meet authors, and how does the significance of a book change when a student meets the person who wrote it?
  • How can meeting authors boost experiential learning in high schools, and what is the program’s impact on teachers?
The Scottish Rite Masons and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation have gathered this esteemed group of panelists to explore these questions and more.

A buffet supper will immediately follow the panel discussion.

This event is free, but seats are limited. Email rsvp@penfaulkner.org to reserve a ticket.

Our Panelists

Susan Eisenhower, moderator
Consultant, author, and expert on international security, space policy, energy, and relations between the Russian Federation and the U.S.

Rachel Broudy
D.C. Public High School English teacher and English Department Chair of McKinley Technology High School.
Richard McCann
Fiction and nonfiction writer, MFA professor at American University, and PEN/Faulkner Board Member.
Frazier O’Leary
D.C. Public High School English teacher at Cardozo Education Campus, current President of the PEN/Faulkner Board of Directors, and the first teacher to use Writers in Schools, .
George Pelecanos
Fiction writer, screenwriter, and PEN/Faulkner Foundation board member.
Morowa Yejidé
Novelist, short story writer, and Writers in Schools participating author.

BALTIMORE – 2015 Summer Supper & Book Club

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Summer is almost here, Baltimore, and while the school year is coming to a close, our Writers in Schools programming is not! Join us for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Summer Supper & Book Club and spend your summer reading great books, eating great food and having intriguing conversations with local authors in the Baltimore area.

What is the Summer Supper & Book Club? 

The 2015 Summer Supper & Book Club, an initiative of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program, will provide students with free copies of contemporary literature and the opportunity to meet and discuss those books with the authors who wrote them. The program will also provide an informal dinner and supplementary materials to participating students. Students familiar with our Writers in Schools Program will notice many similarities (and a few pleasant surprises) between our Summer Supper & Book Club and our Writers in Schools Programming.

When:

Sessions start Tuesday, June 23, 2015 and run every Tuesday evening from 5:30 — 8:00 p.m. (6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4) through August 4, 2015.

Where:

The Summer Supper & Book Club will meet
at Litmore, Baltimore’s Center for Literary Arts
3326 Keswick Road  |  Baltimore, MD 21211

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Apply Here:

Interested Baltimore City Public and Public Charter School students must complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — deadline extended to 5 p.m. on Friday May 29, 2015.

Note: Students must be in the class of 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019

Questions? Email Nate Brown: nbrown@penfaulkner.org

The program is entirely FREE

Not living in Baltimore? We have a DC Summer Program too! 

Find more information here.

DC – 2016 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Summer Supper & Book Club

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Summer is almost here (it’s true!), and while the school year is coming to a close, our Writers in Schools programming is not! Join us for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Summer Supper & Book Club and spend your summer reading great books, eating pizza and having invigorating conversations with local DC authors.

What is the Summer Supper & Book Club? 

The 2016 Summer Supper & Book Club, an initiative of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program, will provide students with free copies of contemporary literature and the opportunity to meet and discuss those books with the authors who wrote them. The program will also provide an informal dinner and supplementary materials to participating students. Students familiar with our Writers in Schools Program will notice many similarities (and a few pleasant surprises) between our Summer Supper & Book Club and Writers in Schools Programming.

When:

Sessions start Tuesday, June 21, 2016 and run every Tuesday evening from 5:30 — 8:00 p.m. (6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2) through August 2, 2016.

Where:

The Summer Supper & Book Club will meet
at Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital in Eastern Market
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE  |  Washington, DC 20003
Accessible by Metro, just 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market station and Pennsylvania Ave. Bus lines.
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Apply Here:

Interested students must complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — by 5 p.m. on Friday May 27, 2016.

Note: Students must be in the class of 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020

Questions? Email PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools Program Coordinator Greg Langen: glangen@penfaulkner.org

The program is entirely FREE.