PEN Writers in the Age of Trump

The PEN World Voices Festival in NYC shifts its focus  to gender and power in the age of President Trump. The 2017 festival runs from May 1-7 and features 150 writers in a series of talks, readings and workshops related to social justice, sexuality and politics.

“Amid visa bans and an America First foreign policy, PEN World Voices is now an important antidote to an America at risk of only talking to itself, fanning baseless fears, and damaging relations with allies around the world,” Suzanne Nossel, PEN America’s director, said in a statement.

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The event “United Against Hate” features musicians Patti Smith and Ani DiFranco, as well as novelists including Colum McCann and Salman Rushdie.

Highlights include National Book Award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah, of “The Daily Show.”

The “Literary Quest” features Laurie Anderson, Teju Cole, Giannina Braschi, Jennifer Egan and Rita Mae Brown.

The full lineup — which also includes appearances by Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia”) and the cartoonist Roz Chast — and tickets are available at worldvoices.pen.org.

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