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.

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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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