Festival of International Literature
"Public Lives/Private Lives "
April 29 - May 4, 2008
A Celebration of World Literature: 170 writers, 51 countries, 82 events. Endless possibilities!
Please join New Directions authors and translators as well as Umberto Eco, Peter Esterhazy, Nuruddin Farah, Ian McEwan, Catherine Millet, Ma Jian, Mario Vargas Llosa, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, A.B. Yehoshua, and many more for six days of exciting literary exchange featuring conversations, panel discussions, readings, film screenings, a translation slam and a cabaret night! PEN World Voices festival brings together a stellar line-up of international and U.S. writers, from the most distinguished names to the freshest new voices, to mine the rich and timely theme: "Public Lives/Private Lives." Where do we draw the lines between our private and public selves; how do we express identity in the face of cultural differences, political oppression, and war; and when must we tell private stories for the public good? Authors also talk about books that changed their life, writing sex, and tell old-fashioned stories with The Moth. Do not miss this unique celebration of international literature coming to venues across New York City and the satellite cities of Albany, Rochester and Boston. To view a complete schedule of events, go to: http://www.pen.org/festival.