Literary State of the Union

A one-of-a-kind DC literary gathering held on October 21, 2022, just before the mid-term elections.

With remarks by Danielle Evans, Alice McDermott, and Alexandra Petri, the Literary State of the Union provided an opportunity to mix-and-mingle with a who’s who of writers from throughout the DC region and to celebrate Edward P. Jones and Susan Shreve, two of our local literary heroes.

Writers and book lovers alike, we were delighted to have you at the party!


Elliot Ackerman
Marie Arana
Louis Bayard
Jennifer Close
Susan Coll
Danielle Evans
Tope Folarin
Lauren Francis-Sharma
Angie Kim
Eugenia Kim
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
Alice McDermott


Bethanne Patrick
Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Alexandra Petri
Rion Amilcar Scott
Karin Tanabe
R. Eric Thomas
Martha Anne Toll


Susan Shreve
Edward P. Jones


PEN/Faulkner is grateful to the Ross Yoon Agency, Shreve Williams Public Relations, and an anonymous donor for their support of the Literary State of the Union. We would also like to thank our lead bookstore sponsor, Loyalty Books.

A Celebration for Everyone Who Writes and Reads in the DC Region

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