As a member of Founding Friends, you can join PEN/Faulkner for a series of six lunch-time gatherings with prominent writers held in exquisite private homes. Run by former board member Willee Lewis, our Founding Friends program supports PEN/Faulkner’s mission to celebrate literature and foster connections between readers and writers, including our eduation programs, which provide author visits, free books, and writing instruction to low-income DC schools.
Donors who contribute $500 or more per individual, or $1000 or more per couple, are invited to attend our Founding Friends events. Memberships are non-transferable. Renewals are annual.
Notable Authors and Books
PEN/Faulkner’s Founding Friends luncheons have featured a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction authors, including Marie Arana, Louis Bayard, Jack Bray, Jean Case, Lauren Francis-Sharma, Thomas L. Friedman, Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Kate Lehrer, Thomas Mallon, Jane Mayer, Molly McCloskey, Edna O’Brien, Deborah Tannen, Jake Tapper, and Eric Weiner, among many others.
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