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The Fifth Annual

“Evolution/Revolution”

New York City

6 days. 160 writers.

A stellar line-up of established and emerging authors from 40 countries take the stage in venues across the city for 6 packed days of conversations, panels, performances and readings. In this year of landmark anniversaries—Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859), the Cuban Revolution (1959), the collapse of Communism across Eastern Europe (1989), and Tiananmen Square (1989)—writers from around the globe consider how the world changes and how we change. Do not miss PEN’S exciting annual celebration of international literature and cultural exchange!

2009 PARTICIPANTS

Kwame Anthony Appiah
(U.S.)

Muriel Barbery
(France)

Wafaa Bilal
(Iraq)

Nicole Brossard
(Québec)

Carrie Brownstein
(U.S.)

Horacio Castellanos Moya
(El Salvador/U.S.)

Jose Dalisay
(Philippines)

Edwidge Danticat
(Haiti/U.S.)

Neil Gaiman
(U.K./U.S.)

Petina Gappah
(Zimbabwe)

Paul Krugman
(U.S.)

Dany Laferrière
(Haiti/Canada)

Nam Le
(Vietnam/U.K.)

Jaime Manrique
(Colombia/U.S.)

Khet Mar
(Myanmar)

Walter Mosley
(U.S.)

Tickets are going fast. Be sure to purchase yours before events sell out.

FEATURED EVENTS

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
& Adam Gopnik

Friday, April 24: 8 p.m.

J.M.G Le Clézio makes his first major U.S. appearance since being awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Evolution/Revolution
Wednesday, April 29: 8 p.m.

Don't miss the festival's headlining night, with internationally acclaimed writers Muriel Barbery, Nicole Brossard, Narcís Comadira, Jose Dalisay, Edwidge Danticat, Péter Nádas, Sergio Ramírez, Salman Rushdie, and Raja Shehadeh.

The Economic Crisis and
How to Deal with It 

Thursday, April 30: 7:30 p.m.

The world’s leading economic minds discuss the collapse, with Paul Krugman, George Soros, Senator Bill Bradley, Niall Ferguson, Nouriel Roubini, and Robin Wells.


Nawal El Saadawi:
The Arthur Miller
Freedom to Write Lecture

Sunday, May 3: 6:30–8 p.m.

Writer, activist, and a cultural and political leader in Egypt and around the world, Nawal El Saadawi will deliver this year's landmark lecture on the power of writing and literature.




Readings from Around the Globe
Friday, May 1: 7:30 p.m.

A star-studded around-the-world adventure featuring Bernardo Atxaga, Petina Gappah, Mariken Jongman, Michael Ondaatje, Daniel Sada, Hwang Sok-Yong, Antonio Tabucchi, and Colm Tóibín.


Three back-to-back sessions with some of the world's most innovative and cutting-edge graphic novelists, including Neil Gaiman, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Adrian Tomine, Shaun Tan, David Polonsky, and Emmanuel Guibert. Special offer: attend all three events for $25.




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