What are Literary Conversations?
PEN/Faulkner’s public programming events are called Literary Conversations, because we believe the best way to understand and appreciate a subject is to dive into a conversation about it. We bring together the most highly acclaimed established and emerging writers from all over the country to engage in the most significant literary and societal conversations of the moment.
Reading is often an individual and private experience. Even so, it can still challenge us, and any preconceived notions we may hold, by putting us into someone else’s shoes. A book has the power to make us feel like we are living someone else’s life, feeling what they feel, making their decisions. At a time when people seem more divided than ever, literature has the ability to challenge our perception of what is going on in the world around us. At our events, we seek to connect these often individually-experienced books back to the real-life people who wrote them, and in doing so, create a community that translates those private lessons we all learn through reading into the world we share.
Check out what we’ve got coming up below and we hope to see you soon!
The 2019-2020 PEN/Faulkner Literary Conversations
Fall 2019 Season
Words & Pictures
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Penn Social (801 E Street NW)
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Thursday, November 27th, 2019
True Reformer Building (1200 U Street NW)
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Spring 2020 Season
Check back soon for our Spring 2020 season announcement! We’ve got exciting events in store and can’t wait to tell you about them!