The 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will bring more than 200 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities to New York City and Los Angeles this month to discuss and debate the theme Open Secrets — what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dangers inherent in the rapid reconfiguring of the public and the private in the literary, cultural, social, and political realms.
The Guardian’s own reporters, editors, and contributors will participate as panelists and moderators at events throughout the festival, which is presented by PEN America and runs from May 6 through May 12. This year, the 15th anniversary of New York’s first international literary festival will gather nonfiction and fiction writers, thinkers, and activists at more than 70 events around the city to discuss what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dangers inherent in the rapid reconfiguring of the public and the private in the literary, cultural, social, and political realms. See the full schedule here.
Meditations on war
How do we endure the memories of war, from whose ravages neither people, animals, nor the earth itself can escape? How do we reclaim what is left after war has destroyed lives, communities, buildings, and landscapes? How do we rebuild ourselves in the wake of ignominious battlefield defeats? Laurent Gaudé (Hear Our Defeats), Sinan Antoon (The Book of Collateral Damage), and Wu Ming-yi (The Stolen Bicycle) have all written fiction that explores the wreckage brought by wars of all kinds, in all countries, in stories that echo with urgent philosophical questions. Join them for a riveting discussion of how civilizations and individuals recapture what bombs and bullets have stolen from us—and how literature illuminates humanity’s ongoing struggle to remember, reclaim, and rebuild. Moderated by Julian Borger, world affairs editor for The Guardian. Details:
07 MAY 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
972 5TH AVE.
NEW YORK, NY 10075
Hosted by Albertine Books and presented with The Guardian, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York.