Literary State of the Union

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

An open bar, buffet, and dessert. Remarks by Danielle Evans, Alice McDermott, and Alexandra Petri. A chance to mix-and-mingle with a who’s who of writers from throughout the DC region. A celebration of Edward P. Jones and Susan Shreve, two of our local literary heroes. Writers and book lovers alike: we want you at the party!

Cocktails, 6:30-7:30 pm
Program, 7:30-8 pm
Buffet, 8-9:30 pm


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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