Category: Events

May, 2014

PEN World Voices: A Windy Indy Book Fair at the Literary Mews

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After record-breaking rains this week, Friday dawned sunny and windy—near-perfect weather for a book fair along the picturesque pedestrian alleyway known as the NYU Mews. Words without Borders was one of 20-some independent presses and magazines convened by the Council of Literary Magazines and…...

July, 2013

Translation Roundup

READ Honors and Awards WWB is proud to have so many of its contributors included on the shortlist for PEN's 2013 Literary Awards. Congratulations to Rachida Madani and Marilyn Hacker (Poetry in Translation); Aron Aji, Alison Entrekin, Rosalind Harvey, and Katherine Silver (PEN Translation Prize)!…...

May, 2013

PEN World Voices Festival: Master Class with Eduardo Galeano

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"I learned the art of writing and the art of storytelling in the cafés of Montevideo," said the great and loved Eduardo Galeano during his hour-long conversation with Jessica Hagedorn Saturday night. It was as though all 500 of us at the filled-to-capacity auditorium at the New School were transported…...

May, 2010

film iconResonances: Contemporary Writers on the Classics at PEN World Voices Festival

My goal each day of the PEN World Voices Festival is to find one writer or one book I've never heard of that sparks my interest. What more could one ask for? Thursday's find was Marcel Möring whose novel, In a Dark Wood, owes its conception to Dante's Inferno. I found Möring at…...

April, 2010

I Come From There: New Plays from the Arab World at PEN World Voices Festival

At the Martin E. Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center yesterday afternoon, readings of two works by young playwrights—presented by the British Council and London’s Royal Court Theatre, with support from the Sundance Institute Theater Program—explored notions of home. In Withdrawal…...

The Ears of the Hippopotamus

Astrid Lindgren is perhaps best known for Pippi Longstocking, her children’s classic, but she created many other fine characters, too, including “The Brothers Lionheart.” One of the feature characters in that adventure is a dragon named Katla, whom Lindgren named after a certain Icelandic…...

AWP Report: Trends in South Asian Diaspora Writing

I was at the AWP conference in Denver this past weekend to give a reading and sign some chapbooks. The mood was cheery, the elevation high, the Colorado Rocky mountains (which I had never seen in person before) were glorious and the background chatter pleasant. I thought what would be a better panel…...

News from the Paris Book Fair

The Paris Book Fair (March 26-31, 2010) celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. The organizers invited 90 writers for the occasion, (60 of them from France and 30 from all over the world) to discuss the topic "Telling the World." Among the discussions were "Writers Exploring an Unknown Land"…...

March, 2010

Some of the Things We’re Excited About For the Upcoming PEN World Voices Festival #PWVFEST

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We are as always excited about the upcoming PEN World Voices Festival, to be held this year from Monday, April 26th, to Sunday May 2nd. Notably this year the festival will travel to six other cities around the United States. Sure to be an important discussion, the festival will begin with Lorraine Adams,…...

January, 2010

Marías in America

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It is significant, we learned from Javier Marías's U.S. publisher Barbara Epler recently at the New York Public Library, that he was in America. Marías refused to come to the United States for the eight years Goerge Bush was in office, much, I'm sure, to his publisher's chagrin…...

December, 2009

European Lit Fest

Last month, a crumbling castle in the depths of the Styrian countryside became the unlikely meeting place for a motley group of writers, musicians and academics at an event organised by the European literature portal Readme.cc. The celebrated British poet Lavinia Greenlaw joined fellow writers from Germany,…...

December, 2008

A Great Conversation on 2666

I think I could have listened to Francisco Goldman tell stories all night long, despite the heat raditating from over a hundred of us standing, eager Bolaño fans at Idlewild Bookstore Thursday night. While Goldman and Bolaño had never met - indeed, Goldman had not read Bolaño until…...

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