PEN/Faulkner Reading Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library

The PEN/Faulkner Reading Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library


The Thirty-third presentation of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is held at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Saturday, May 3, 2013. The aware was presented to Benjamin Alire Saenz. (James R. Brantley)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 (unless otherwise noted).

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



The 2016-2017 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series

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.
October 20th, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Class in the Black Community: Angela Flournoy, Marcus Guillory, and Margo Jefferson
March 6th, 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
March 13th, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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

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