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 46 – 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation holds it's annual awards program at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC on Saturday, May 2, 2015.   (James R. Brantley)

Episode 46 features the 35th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony & Reading, which was held at the Folger Shakespeare Library here in Washington, DC on May 2nd, 2015.

The winner of this year’s award was Atticus Lish for his novel Preparation for the Next Life, and the four finalists for the prize were:

Jeffery Renard Allen for his novel Song of the Shank 

Jennifer Clement for her novel Prayers for the Stolen 

Emily St. John Mandel for her novel Station Eleven 

Jenny Offill for her novel Dept. of Speculation

All five of the authors joined us at the Folger for the ceremony and reading, and they were joined onstage by this year’s judges, Alexander Chee, Marc Fitten, and Deirdre McNamer, who you’ll hear read their citations for each finalist and the winner.

The event opened with remarks by Frazier O’Leary, president of PEN/Faulkner’s Board of Directors, and Emma Snyder, our Executive Director. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was B.J. Novak.

 

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Episode 45 – Where We Are From: Place and Personhood in Fiction with Allan Gurganus and Elizabeth Strout

10Strout_GurganusThe next installment of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast features Allan Gurganus and Elizabeth Strout in conversation with Linda Holmes at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Allan Gurganus is the author of the novels Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Plays Well With Others and three collections of short fiction: The Practical HeartLocal Souls, and White People, which was a finalist for the 1992 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The recipient of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Gurganus is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in a village of 6,000 residents in North Carolina.

Elizabeth Strout is the author of the bestselling novels Olive Kitteridge, Abide with Me, and The Burgess Boys, among other works. She has received the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She lives in New York City.

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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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