The PEN/Faulkner Podcast Series
Welcome to the home of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast, a monthly podcast showcasing author events from our annual Reading Series, as well as occasional clips from our archives.
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Episode 22 features a reading we called “The Human Comedy: Serious Humor in the American Novel,” which features a reading and conversation with authors Tom Perrotta and Maria Semple, moderated by Linda Holmes.
The event took place on October 22, 2013 at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre here in Washington, DC.
Tom Perrotta is the author of eight books, most recently The Leftovers and Nine Inches. Two of his novels—Election and Little Children—have been made into award-winning movies. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
Maria Semple is the author of the novels Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and This One Is Mine. Before turning to fiction, she wrote for the television shows Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development. Her writing has also appeared in the New Yorker. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Moderator Linda Holmes is the editor of NPR’s pop culture blog, Monkey See, and the host of the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. Her work has also been seen at Television Without Pity, New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog, MSNBC.com, and TV Guide.
25th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala – “Renewal”
Episode 21 brings you the 25th anniversary of the PEN/Faulkner Gala, which was held on Monday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. The Gala celebrates and supports the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program. Twelve authors joined Master of Ceremonies Calvin Trillin at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre to explore the theme of Renewal through original compositions written for the occasion. The event included our high school essay contest award winner Rachel Page, who read her prize-winning essay from the Folger stage alongside our other guest writers.
The episode features readings by Christopher Castellani, Matt Gallagher & Roy Scranton, Yiyun Li, Anthony Marra, Rachel Page, George Pelecanos, Mona Simpson, Christopher Tilghman, Meg Wolitzer, Tiphanie Yanique, and Mary Kay Zuravleff. Author and humorist Calvin Trillin, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The music used in this episode was composed and performed by Benedict Kupstas.
Episode 20: MK Asante & Lisa Page at Hill Center
Episode 20 of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast features a Hill Center/ PEN/Faulkner Literary Reading Series event held on Sept. 17, 2013 with author MK Asante who read from and discuss his new book, BUCK: A Memoir. Asante was joined in conversation by writer Lisa Page, board member and former president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
MK Asante is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University. He received the Langston Hughes Award in 2009, and won the Jean Corrie Prize from the Academy of American Poets for his poetry collection Like Water Running Off My Back. Asante directed The Black Candle, a film he co-wrote with Maya Angelou, and he directed and produced the film 500 Years Later. ThePhiladelphia Inquirer calls Asante “a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance.”
Lisa Page is Acting Director of Creative Writing at George Washington University and a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post Book World, Playboy, Washingtonian,Savoy and the Chicago Tribune among other publications. He essays and short stories have appeared in the anthologies, Skin Deep: Black Women and White Women Write About Race, Gravity Dancers, and Dream Me Home Safely. She is a regular guest on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show Reader’s Review. She is a member of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s board of directors, and its former president.
You can also watch a video of the reading at Hill Center’s Youtube page here.
Episode 19: Readings from the Summer Supper & Book Club
This summer, PEN/Faulkner’s Summer Supper & Book Club met weekly for seven weeks at Hill Center where we discussed books by area authors Susan Richards Shreve (Plum and Jaggers), Danielle Evans (Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self), David A. Taylor (Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America), Felicia Pride (Patterson Heights), Derrick Weston Brown (Wisdom Teeth), and David Ebenbach (Between Camelots). We had 15 students enrolled in the course, and each week they came prepared to dine and discuss the book of the week. The authors joined us to answer questions and grab a bite, and they were kind enough to let us record short readings of their work. Thus, Episode 19 is a variety pack that includes the participating authors except, unfortunately, David A. Taylor (we had recording difficulties on the day of his visit).
Episode 18: Andre Dubus III & Edith Pearlman at the 2013 AWP Conference
Andre Dubus III & Edith Pearlman: A Reading & Conversation Moderated by Mary Kay Zuravleff
On Saturday, March 9, 2013 during the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Boston, PEN/Faulkner had the honor of sponsoring a reading featuring Adnre Dubus III and Edith Pearlman. The event was part reading and part discussion, moderated by author and PEN/Faulkner board member Mary Kay Zuravleff.
Our friends at AWP have kindly made the audio of this event public and have allowed us to include it as Episode 18 of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast. Thanks, AWP!
Andre Dubus III is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, and the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, a New York Times bestseller. His memoir, Townie, was published in February 2011 with W.W. Norton & Co. and is now available in paperback. Among other honors and awards, he has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters.
Edith Pearlman has published more than 250 works of short fiction and short non-fiction in national magazines, literary journals, anthologies, and on-line publications. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Collection, New Stories from the South, and The Pushcart Prize Collection – Best of the Small Presses. In 2011, Pearlman received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.
Moderator Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of the novel Man Alive! as well as The Bowl Is Already Broken and The Frequency of Souls, all published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Among other honors and awards, her work has won the American Academy’s Rosenthal Award, the James Jones First Novel Award, and was nominated for the Orange Prize.