The PEN/Faulkner Podcast Series

Welcome to the home of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast, which showcases author events from our annual Reading Series, as well as occasional clips from our archives.

The PEN/Faulkner Podcast series is made possible by the generous support of Amazon.com, and is co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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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 discussed – 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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