Literature on Screen Poster



We rescheduled this event as a virtual conversation.

PEN/Faulkner’s Literature on Screen series highlights writers whose work has been reimagined as a film or TV show. Our latest installment presents Louis Bayard’s The Pale Blue Eye, a vibrant historical mystery with a young Edgar Allan Poe at its center that was adapted into a 2022 Netflix film directed by Scott Cooper. The author and director will be joined by moderator Clay Smith, the Literary Director of the Library of Congress, in a conversation exploring storytelling, craft, and the creative process.

We will provide live captioning.

To ensure that our programs are widely accessible, tickets for all virtual PEN/Faulkner Literary Conversations are Pay-What-You-Will. We invite you to choose from the various ticket price options we have offered. All are welcome.

You can purchase a copy of Louis Bayard’s The Pale Blue Eye from our partner bookseller, Politics & Prose.

The Netflix film is available for viewing here.

DATE | June 12, 2023, 7-8:30 pm ET
LOCATION | Virtual Event

Louis Bayard
Louis Bayard


Scott Cooper
Scott Cooper


Clay Smith
Clay Smith


This project is supported in part by the
National Endowment for the Arts.
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