Opening night of the PEN World Voices Fest


The international literary community comes together each year in NYC to celebrate the PEN World Voices Festival, and its premiere opening night event on Monday, April 16 will feature a diverse range of writers discussing the power of language to cast a clear light on the most frightening and disturbing aspects of our time. Colson Whitehead will talk about the imaginative leaps and historical facts that he wove together in The Underground Railroad; Leila Slimani will discuss her novel Lullaby, whose storyline is eerily similar to NYC’s own killer nanny; and Maxine Beneba Clarke will bring to life an essay written by a journalist held on Manus Island, an Australian detention center. Tickets are $35 and the evening begins at 7pm at Cooper Union.

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