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On Monday, Oct. 6th 2014, PEN/Faulkner will hold its 26th Annual Gala fundraiser at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. This annual event supports the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and our Writers in Schools programming and features some of today’s finest authors reading works composed especially for the occasion. This year, acclaimed authors David BaldacciIshmael BeahMadison Smartt BellElliott HoltMitchell JacksonPiper KermanRachel PastanBenjamin Alire SáenzAdelle WaldmanIsabel Wilkerson and Master of Ceremonies Calvin Trillin will take to the Folger’s stage to present work written on the theme of “Danger.”

It is sure to be a spectacular evening filled with good humor and more than a few surprises!

The reading portion of the program is followed by a seated dinner in the Paster Reading Room & Great Hall of the Folger. Individual tickets to the event are $500. More information can be attained and tickets purchased by calling  (202) 636-8743 or emailing

You can also listen to readings from previous Gala celebrations as episodes of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast. Episode 8 comes from 2012’s “Resilience” Gala, and Episode 21 features last fall’s Gala celebrating the theme of “Renewal.”