Reading Series

The PEN/Faulkner Reading Series brings noted American and international writers to Washington, DC to present eight to ten public fiction readings in the Elizabethan Theater of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Readings are followed by a reception and book signing where audience members may meet visiting writers and engage in lively conversation about literature. This program brings diverse voices of literary excellence to the Washington, DC region and allows reads an opportunity to meet with the minds behind their favorite works.

Click on the links below for more details about this year’s Reading Series, or to purchase tickets to upcoming PEN/Faulkner events. 

Full 2013-2014 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series
The 2013/2014 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series:  The PEN/Faulkner Reading Series annually brings today’s best writers to Washington DC. This year, we’ll welcome Tom Perrotta, Maria Semple, Philip Caputo, Kevin Powers, George Saunders, Blake Bailey, D.T. Max, Ruth Franklin, Ayana Mathis, Justin …



Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Tom Perrotta & Maria Semple
The Human Comedy: Serious Humor in the American Novel. Authors Tom Perrotta and Maria Semple take the stage at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre to read from their work and discuss their writing and their lives. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:30 PM | Purchase a single ticket for $15 or subscribe to the Reading Series...
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Monday, November 4, 2013
Philip Caputo & Kevin Powers: A Reading and Conversation Moderated by Elliot Ackerman
Blood Lines: The Literature of War. Novelist, non-fiction writer, and Vietnam Veteran Philip Caputo and novelist, poet, and Iraq War Veteran Kevin Powers will read from their work and be engaged in conversation about their lives and writing.
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Friday, December 6, 2013
George Saunders: 2013 PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony
George Saunders is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Malamud Award.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Blake Bailey, Ruth Franklin, and D.T. Max
Whose Life is it Anyway?: The Literary Biographer's Craft
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Ayana Mathis & Justin Torres
Survival Instincts: First-time Novelists on the Ties that Bind
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Rescheduled: Amy Tan & Deborah Tannen
Two Lives in Language: Amy Tan and Deborah Tannen in Conversation
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Richard Ford
The Heart of Things Human: An evening with Richard Ford
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Saturday, May 10, 2014
34th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
34th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Reading
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