Reading Series

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

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Full 2014-2015 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series
The 2014/2015 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series:  The PEN/Faulkner Reading Series annually brings today’s best writers to Washington DC. This year, we’ll welcome Ann Beattie, Taiye Selasi, Okey Ndibe, Chinelo Okparanta, Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, Tobias Wolff, Marilynne Robinson, James Carroll, …



Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Ann Beattie & Emerging VQR Writers
A Storied Future: Ann Beattie in conversation with emerging writers from the Virginia Quarterly Review, Tope Folarin, Onyinhe Ihezukwu, Greg Jackson, and Brendan McKennedy
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Monday, November 24, 2014
Okey Ndibe, Chinelo Okparanta, and Taiye Selasi
In This Way Comes Morning: New Writing of the West African Diaspora
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Friday, December 5th, 2014
2014 PEN/Malamud Celebration:
Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, and Tobias Wolff
2014 PEN/Malamud: The Legacy of Bernard Malamud: Celebrating Excellence in the Short Story
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Monday, January 12, 2015
James Carroll & Marilynne Robinson
In the Beginning Was the Word: An Evening with James Carroll & Marilynne Robinson
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Monday, February 9, 2015
Ruth Ozeki & Claire Vaye Watkins
The Imaginary Real: Weaving Fact into Fiction - A reading and conversation with Ruth Ozeki & Claire Vaye Watkins
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Friday, March 27th, 2015
T.C. Boyle
All Things Animate, Beating in Unison: An Evening with T.C. Boyle
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Allan Gurganus & Elizabeth Strout
Where We Are From: Place and Personhood in Fiction
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
35th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
35th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Reading
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