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Great Women Writers: PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL 2017

Join these brilliant, internationally acclaimed writers from May 1-7.
For the first time in the history of the World Voices Festival, we will be featuring twice as many women as men in our Festival line-up. These authors, poets, translators, artists, and critics will join us from May 1-7 as we examine the relationship between gender, power, and more.

This week only, use the code WOMEN2017 for $5 tickets to the events featured below. We’ll see you there!

Pushing Past Glass Ceilings
MAY 3, 7PM
DIXON PLACE, 161A CHRYSTIE ST.
Women from disparate walks of life and ages share their experiences with breaking through cultural norms. With Valerie Graves, Rita Mae Brown, Giannina Braschi, and Theresa Rebeck. Moderated by Amy Siskind. Tickets »
Forbidden: Too Much in Love
MAY 3, 7:30PM
ROULETTE, 509 ATLANTIC AVE., BROOKLYN
Illicit love is the subject tackled by these internationally celebrated authors who have dared to cross religious, cultural, and gender taboos. With Dorit Rabinyan, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Shani Mootoo, and Pajtim Statovci. Moderated by Mira Jacob. Tickets »
Gender, Power, and Authoritarianism in the Dystopian Age
MAY 4, 6:30PM
NEW SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 66 WEST 12TH ST.
The power of the state to control our thoughts and sexuality has been the dominant concern of many women writers and is reflected in some of the best dystopian literature of the modern age. Marge Piercy, Alice Sola Kim, Namwali Serpell, and Jeff VanderMeer examine this critical topic. Tickets »
The Body Politic: Women’s Rights and Resistance
MAY 4, 8PM
NEW SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 66 WEST 12TH ST.
In the face of egregious assaults on women’s rights to control their own bodies and speech, Executive Director of PEN America Suzanne Nossel and President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards discuss ensuring that free expression and reproductive rights are protected for all. Tickets »
Art, Gender, and Social Justice
MAY 6, 6PM
COOPER UNION, ROSE AUDITORIUM, 41 COOPER SQ.
What roles do art and gender play in creating social justice locally and globally? What can we do to bring more marginalized women’s voices to the forefront where they can speak for themselves? With Jessica Greer Morris, and Giannina Braschi. Moderated by Ana Oliveira. Tickets »
Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi
MAY 6, 7:30PM
DIXON PLACE, 161A CHRYSTIE ST.
Poetic battles–called sheyr jangi in Afghanistan–have roots in the early medieval Asia. For this event, poets Majda Gama, Rami Karim, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, and Purvi Shah will pay homage to this tradition. Tickets »
The M Word: Muslim-American Women on Power and Beauty
MAY 7, 3PM
APOLLO THEATER, 253 WEST 125TH ST.
A conversation on what it takes to defy obsolete notions of power and beauty and instead embrace multidimensional identities. Addressing beauty standards, cultural appropriation, faith, and feminism, with Mara Brock Akil, Rana Abdelhamid, Mona Haydar, and Penina Roth. Reserve »

From our partners:

Sojourners & Her Portmanteau
APRIL 22-JUNE 4
NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP, 83 EAST 4TH ST, NEW YORK
In Sojourners, a young, pregnant Abasiama struggles with the responsibilities of her arranged marriage, and weighs her dreams and obligations as she attempts to move forward. Decades later, the full impact of her decisions erupt when her family is reunited in Her Portmanteau.

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Earl Lovelace: Reclaiming Rebellion

In a rare visit to New York City, Earl Lovelace—acclaimed Caribbean writer and explorer of post-independence politics—will address how one can reclaim rebellion from forces that might co-opt it.  The event takes place at The Public Theater 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003 on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 1:00pm.  Call  212-967-7555 or www.publictheater.org, or visit The Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street. This event is part of the PEN World Voices Festival 2013 and is produced in concert with the author’s Opening Night Reading: Bravery on April 29th, 2013.  https://www.pen.org/earl-lovelace

More about the Author Earl Lovelace

Born in Toco, Trinidad, Earl Lovelace has lived most of his life on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. His books include While Gods Are Falling, winner of the BP Independence Award, the Caribbean classic, The Dragon Can’t Dance, and Salt, which won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize. For Is Just a Movie, he has won the Grand Prize for Caribbean Literature by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe and the Bocas Literary Prize.

IS JUST A NOVEL: Synopsis

IN TRINIDAD, the 1970 Black Power rebellion has ended, and its leaders rounded up. Sonnyboy, desperate to be recognized as a revolutionary, forces the disinterested police to arrest him. King Kala, a singer, returns from detention and is sidelined in the calypso tent, his music dated and unfashionable. And so we follow them and the people of Cascadu through their experiments in music, politics, religion, and love. In their day-to-day adventures—be it a game of cricket, the short life of a corner shop, or a miracle at a funeral—they begin to see more clearly what their community has to offer for its liberation. Humorous and serious, sad and uplifting, Is Just a Movie is a radiant novel about small moments of magic in ordinary life.

Reviews

“Maker, destroyer, recorder, revealer: that is Earl Lovelace and here he is at his soaring rhapsodic best. Starring two hapless almost-been’s in search of movie fame, Is Just A Movie takes us on wild loving absurdist journey to the heart of a contemporary Trinidad, a Trinidad so ravishingly alive that the Naipuls of the world could never have imagined it or possessed the soul to write about it.”
—Junot Díaz, author, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Is Just a Movie is not just a movie, it’s a poem, too.”
—Arundhati Roy, author, The God of Small Things

“Written in a vigorous, patois-inflected prose, Is Just a Movie celebrates the lives of characters caught up in the ferment of 1970. The narrative scissors backwards and forwards in time, yet it memorably documents a period of “dreams and vitality” in Trinidad’s history, when Black Power was briefly in the ascendancy and, in the space of just one year, the island went through an accelerated cycle of political temptation and folly. Is Just a Movie confirms Lovelace as a master storyteller of the West Indies.”
Financial Times

“Lovelace is bursting with things to say about this complex, heterogeneous society in the late 20th century. This he does with a flair that at its best reaches a soaring rhapsody.”
The Guardian

“Earl Lovelace writes like a man who has just discovered language and is amazed. Each word is a revelation”
The Times

“Heartfelt, hugely enjoyable…. Witty, sardonic, impassioned … transcendent, this is a sweet-natured but consistently incisive look at small-town life in transition.”
Time Out London

“Is Just a Movie is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Beautiful, sad, insightful, funny. I wish I could memorize the entire novel.”—Ruth Wilson Gilmore, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Vivid prose that seems to stroll effortlessly across the page. Lovelace’s writing is meticulously crafted but it retains its casual elegance.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Lovelace has written an comic masterpiece. The dazzle of talent on display in this his latest novel is in its own way absurd. Yes, some writers do have it all.”
—Colin Channer, author, Waiting in Vain

“The publication of a new novel by Earl Lovelace is an event to celebrate. This satire, while biting, is tempered with a pathos and humor which directs us to the fundamental humanity we have come to recognize in all of Lovelace’s writing.”
—Lawrence Scott, author, Night Calypso

“More than any other writer, the prose of Earl Lovelace is ‘Trini to the bone.’ And like the famed Cascadu river fish after which the village in Is Just a Movie is named, once its sweet flesh is tasted, the reader is destined to return to its shores.”
—Robert Antoni, author of Divina Trace and Carnival

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PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL 2013

The PEN World Voices Festival opens with its famous Gala on April 30, 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History where a distinguished cast of international writers will host more than five hundred guests who support PEN’s work of securing the liberty of imprisoned writers of conscience worldwide, defending freedom of expression wherever it is threatened, and promoting literature and international cultural exchange. Philip Roth will be presented with the PEN Literary Service Award.  He will reflect on his lifetime of literary endeavor and his personal involvement in promoting freedom and democracy in Eastern Europe, a story that he has never told publicly. Literary Hosts of the PEN GALA include Martin AmisGiannina BraschiRobert CaroTaju Cole Billy Collins,Jeff EugenidesBeth Gutcheon, A.M. HomesDavid Henry HwangWalterMosleyRobert PinskyFrancine Prose,  Molly RingwaldSalman Rushdie, and Zadie Smith

An anticipated festival favorite is the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.  This prestigious lecture has been delivered by world famous authors Orhan PamukUmberto Eco, Nawal el Saadawi, Wole Soyinka, and Salman Rushdie. This year, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor will add her voice to the storied chorus, delivering an address from the same Great Hall where Lincoln gave his historic anti-slavery speech. A conversation between Justice Sotomayor and award-winning writer, scholar, and public intellectual Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will follow the lecture.  
 
PEN offers a number of free and affordable events including panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances at venues crisscrossing the city. A theme of this year’s festival is bravery in art and politics in recent global hot spots such as Burma, Palestine, South Africa, Haiti, and Guantanamo Bay.
 
Featured authors include Judith Butler, Eduardo Galeano, Joy Harjo, Aleksandar Hemon, Jamaica KincaidUrsula KrechelFran Lebowitz, Claudio Magris, Pierre Michon, Earl Lovelace, Téa ObrehtSalman RushdieSapphireCharles SimicNaomi Wolf, and many others.  PEN will feature several events in association with The Public Theater, a center for culture, arts and ideas, and partner with The Standard, High Line; and The Standard, East Village, serving as Festival hub.
 
For more information visit: http://www.pen.org/
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The PEN World Voices Festival is orchestrated by Jacob Orso under the leadership of PEN’s Executive Director Suzanne Nossel.  The PEN American Center Board of Trustees include: Peter Godwin ,K. Anthony Appiah,  Laurence J. Kirshbaum, Jessica Hagedorn, Ron Chernow, Wendy Gimbel, Beth Gutcheon, Jhumpa Lahiri, Claudia Menza, Michael F. Moore, John Oakes, Hannah Pakula, Walter Pozen, Esmeralda Santiago, Annette Tapert, Lynne Tillman, Monique Truong, Danielle Truscott, Morgan Entrekin, Christian Oberbeck, Tess O’Dwyer, Davis Weinstock and others. 

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