The PEN/Faulkner

The PEN/Faulkner

Literary

Conversations

Literary

Conversations

WHAT ARE LITERARY CONVERSATIONS?

WHAT ARE LITERARY CONVERSATIONS?

PEN/Faulkner’s public programming events are called Literary Conversations, because we believe the best way to understand and appreciate a subject is to dive into a conversation about it. We bring together the most highly acclaimed established and emerging writers from all over the country to engage in the most significant literary and societal conversations of the moment.

Reading is often an individual and private experience. Even so, it can still challenge us, and any preconceived notions we may hold, by putting us into someone else’s shoes. A book has the power to make us feel like we are living someone else’s life, feeling what they feel, making their decisions. At a time when people seem more divided than ever, literature has the ability to challenge our perception of what is going on in the world around us. At our events, we seek to connect these often individually-experienced books back to the real-life people who wrote them, and in doing so, create a community that translates those private lessons we all learn through reading into the world we share.

WHAT IS PEN/Faulkner?

WHAT IS PEN/Faulkner?

PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement. We annually administer the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers.

FOR THE LOVE OF LITERATURE

FOR THE LOVE OF LITERATURE