Episode 44 – Brando Skyhorse at Hill Center

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The next installment of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast features Brando Skyhorse, author of The Madonnas of Echo Park and Take This Man, in conversation with Lisa Page, Acting Director of Creative Writing, The George Washington University. This reading was part of our free series in collaboration with Hill Center.

Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross and Can Serrat, Spain. Skyhorse is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA Writers’ Workshop program at UC Irvine. He is the 2014-15 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Residence at George Washington University.

Lisa Page is the Acting Director of Creative Writing at George Washington University. She is a longtime PEN/Faulkner board member, and past President.

 

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Episode 43 – An Evening with T.C. Boyle

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In Episode 43 of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast, we present an evening with novelist T.C. Boyle, who read from his newest novel, The Harder They Come, and spoke in conversation with Michelle Brafman.

T.C. Boyle is the author of twenty-five books of fiction, including San Miguel and T.C. Boyle Stories II. Among many honors and awards, he has received the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the Prix Médicis Étranger. A professor of English at the University of Southern California, he lives near Santa Barbara, California.

Michelle Brafman is the author of We Named Them All: Stories and Washing the Dead. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Slate, Tablet, and The Washington Post. She teaches fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program.

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Episode 42 – The Imaginary Real

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In Episode 42 of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast, Man Booker Prize finalist Ruth Ozeki and Guggenheim Fellow and short story writer Claire Vaye Watkins read from their work and discuss the fine line between real and imagined experience.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest whose novels include My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her films have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at numerous universities. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of the story collection Battleborn, which was named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, and Time Out New York. In 2012, the National Book Foundation named Watkins one of the 5 Best Writers Under 35. She teaches at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

 

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Episode 41 – In The Beginning Was The Word: An Evening with James Carroll and Marilynne Robinson

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In Episode 41 of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson and National Book Award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer James Carroll read from their new novels and discuss – among many other topics – the role that faith has played in shaping them as writers.

James Carroll is the author of eleven novels, most recently Warburg in Rome, and eight works of non-fiction, including the just-published Christ Actually: The Son of God for The Secular Age. His memoir An American Requiem received the National Book Award. A former Catholic priest, Carroll is a distinguished scholar-in-residence at Suffolk University and is a columnist for the Boston Globe.

Marilynne Robinson is a novelist and essayist whose works include the novels Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, and Lila. Among many other honors and awards, she has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Orange Prize, and a National Humanities Medal. Robinson teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

 

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Episode 40 – The Legacy of Bernard Malamud

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In Episode 40 of the PEN/Faulkner podcast, we bring you a celebration of what would have been American master Bernard Malamud’s 100th year. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Malamud Family hosted previous recipients of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story in a celebratory evening of readings in Malamud’s honor. Participating authors included Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, and Tobias Wolff.

Edward P. Jones is the author of the story collections Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar’s Children and the novel The Known World. Among other honors, he has received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Lorrie Moore is a novelist and story writer whose works include Birds of America, A Gate at the Stairs, and Bark. Among her honors and awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation fellowship, and the Rea Award. She teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tobias Wolff is the author of the story collections Back in the World and The Night in Question and of the novel Old School, among other works. He has received the Rea Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University.

 

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Episode 39 – A Remembrance of Robert Stone

Bell-Robert-Stone-320In Episode 39 of the PEN/Faulkner podcast, our Executive Director Emma Snyder and former Board President Stephen Goodwin remember the writer Robert Stone, Chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Board of Directors for over thirty years, who passed away Jan. 10th, 2015, in Key West, Florida.

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Episode 38 – Maureen Corrigan & Jackson Bryer at Hill Center

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Episode 38 of the PEN/Faulkner podcast features writer and NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan discussing her second book, So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, with F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar Jackson Bryer.

Maureen Corrigan is a critic-in-residence at Georgetown University and the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air. An award-winning scholar, she has judged multiple prizes, including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Her first book, the literary memoir Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading! was published in 2005.

Jackson Bryer is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he studied and taught American and modern literature. He has written and edited many books and articles about The Great Gatsby. Dr. Bryer is a PEN/Faulkner Foundation board member.

 

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Episode 37 – In This Way Comes Morning: New Writing of the West African Diaspora

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The past few years have been a particularly fertile period for American publishing from authors of Nigerian and West African origin. In Episode 37 of the PEN/Faulkner podcast, we brought Okey Ndibe, Chinelo Okparanta, and Taiye Selasi together to read from their work and discuss the breadth of writing about, and within, this community. Writer and PEN/Faulkner board member Dolen Perkins-Valdez moderated.

Okey Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist, and founding editor of the magazine African Commentary. His novels include Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc., and he teaches fiction and African literature at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Chinelo Okparanta is the author of the story collection Happiness, Like Water. Born in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, she is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, and the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her stories have appeared in Granta, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

Taiye Selasi is the author of the novel Ghana Must Go. Born in London and raised in Massachusetts, she holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University. She lives in Rome, Italy.

 

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Episode 36 – Timothy Denevi & Judith Warner at Hill Center

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Episode 36 of the podcast brings you an event featuring authors Timothy Denevi & Judith Warner, who read from their work and discuss ongoing research, trends, and attitudes related to the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Novelist and PEN/Faulkner board member Mary Kay Zuravleff moderates.

In Hyper, his thought-provoking examination of ADHD, Timothy Denevi explains the history of the ADHD diagnosis as he reveals his own difficult childhood struggle with the disorder and the subsequent ramifications of his early prescription of Ritalin. Part medical history and part memoir, Hyper is a deeply felt personal story that aims to clarify misconceptions, posit better paths to treatment, and engender empathy for children and families struggling with a difficult behavioral phenomenon.

Judith Warner’s We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication approaches the diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders from a journalist’s and parent’s perspective. A skillful and timely snapshot of current medical thinking, We’ve Got Issues shows how complex and painful a journey it can be for parents attempting to make the correct healthcare decisions on behalf of their children.

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Episode 35 – A Storied Future: Emerging Writers of the Virginia Quarterly Review

Since 1925, the storied literary and cultural journal Virginia Quarterly Review has been publishing thought-provoking works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and journalism. Episode 35 of the PEN/Faulkner podcast features a collaborative event between VQR and PEN/Faulkner: “A Storied Future: Emerging Writers of the Virginia Quarterly Review.” Listen here to a moderated conversation between Ann Beattie and four gifted writers – Tope Folarin, Onyinye Ihezukwu, Greg Jackson, and Brendan McKennedy – at the start of their careers.

Ann_Beattie_SQAnn Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections and in John Updike’s Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Key West, Florida, and Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

 

Tope_Folarin_SQTope Folarin won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing for his story “Miracles.” In 2014, he was named to the Africa 39 list of the top African writers under 40. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Oxford University, where he earned two Master’s degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. Tope lives in Washington, DC and is currently at work on his first novel.

 

 

Onyinye_Ihezukwu_SQOnyinye Ihezukwu was born and raised in Nigeria, where she worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her work largely explores changing socio-spiritual themes in the urban Nigerian setting. She is a Poe/Faulkner fellow with the MFA program at the University of Virginia, where she received the 2014 Henfield Prize.

 

 

Brendan_McKennedy_SQBrendan McKennedy, a former fiction editor at the Greensboro Review, has published short stories in Epoch, PANK, and Night Train. He’s at work on a novel set in the American South during the early years of the recording industry. He lives in North Carolina.

 

 

 

Greg_Jackson_SQGreg Jackson grew up in Boston and coastal Maine. He has been a Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center and a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where he won the 2012 Henfield Prize. His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, and his first book is a story collection entitled Prodigals (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016). He has worked for the literary journal n+1 and with investigative journalist Ron Suskind on several bestselling works of political nonfiction.

 

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