Risk Celebration Author Collage


RISK: The 28th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration
Monday, September 26th, 2016  |  6:30 PM

On Monday, Sept. 26th, 2016, PEN/Faulkner will hold its 28th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration 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 Charles Bock, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Andrew Dubus III, Paul Goldberg, Daisy Hernández, Wil Haygood, Kelly Link, Beverly Lowry, Elizabeth Nunez, Brad Watson, Morowa Yejidé and Master of Ceremonies Calvin Trillin will take to the Folger’s stage to present work written on the theme of RISK.

Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden, and the reading program starts at 7:30 p.m. The program will be followed by a dinner reception with chef stations featuring food prepared by local chefs. There will be lounge areas as well as tables available for pre-purchase.

Please note that this is no longer a seated event, and that it is no longer black tie. 

Individual tickets to the event are $500. More information can be attained and tickets purchased by calling the PEN/Faulkner office at 202-898-9063. Tickets are also available online.

You can also listen to readings from previous Gala celebrations as episodes of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast. Episode 21 comes from 2013’s “Renewal” Gala, Episode 34 comes from 2014’s “Danger” Gala, and finally Episode 47 features last fall’s PEN/Faulkner Celebration on the theme of “Spark.”