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Sep,03 2015

Kiran Desai, whose birthday is today, reads from The Inheritance of Loss at Town Hall Readings: Writing Home, part of the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival. The Inheritance of Loss was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2006.

Aug,31 2015

In today’s #PENpodcast, Ann Goldstein, New Yorker editor and translator extraordinaire, discusses how she goes about translating a writer who uses different registers of language as a theme of the text and, more specifically, how “smarginatura” became “dissolving margins.”

Aug,27 2015

In celebration of her birthday, listen to this archived podcast of Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. In this podcast, Winterson discusses the role of books and faith in her life at Faith & Reason, from part of the 2006 PEN World Voices Festival.

May,06 2015

"We are not trapped in our narrative."

Aug,20 2015

Anthony Rapp reads from The Nimrod Flipout, collection of stories by acclaimed Israeli writer and graphic novelist Etgar Keret. Today, Keret celebrates his 48th birthday.

May,01 2008

Celebrate Jonathan Franzen's birthday, as well as his newest book, Purity, by listening to this week's #PENpodcast

Aug,13 2015

Eva Hoffman reads "A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto" by Czesław Miłosz. This week marks 11 years since Miłosz's death in 2004.

Jul,11 2014

Honoring one month since the passing of legislation legalizing gay marriage in the US, listen to columnist Dan Savage on this week's #PENpodcast

Aug,06 2015

At an event with The Moth during the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival, Laila Lalami discusses how she came to write her first novel.

Jun,30 2014

"Never refuse to hear the cry of the anguished, or the laughter in the blues."
Nikki Giovanni pays tribute to James Baldwin. Listen to this week's #PENpodcast in honor of what would have been his 91st birthday.

Jul,30 2015

Marilynne Robinson reads from "Wilderness," a chapter from her 1998 book, The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought. From the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival.

Jul,23 2015

Listen to an excerpt from Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy’s speech at the opening night of the 2015 World Voices Festival in today's PEN podcast.

Jul,22 2015

In memory of E.L. Doctorow, who passed away on July 21 at the age of 84, PEN features a piece from our archives. In this podcast Doctorow reads from his novel City of God at the 2011 PEN event "Viva" at the Belarus Free Theatre.

Jul,20 2015

"But the boy knew what he knew. That ever is no time at all."

Jul,18 2015

On what would be former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela's 97th birthday, we feature Todd Solondz's reading of Mandela's 1962 court address from a 2006 PEN event.

Jul,15 2015

Listen to a piece from our archives in memory of Chechnya-based Russian journalist and leading human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, who was assassinated six years ago on July 15, 2009.

Jul,13 2015

Martín Espada reads his translations of Neruda’s “Octopi” and "The Celestial Poets," and his own poem, “The Fugitive Poets of Fenway Park.”

Jul,09 2015

Yale University’s Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom in conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the NYPL. Now in his eighth decade, Bloom reflects back on his life-long love affair with literature and recites some of his favorite poems.

May,19 2015

Charlie Hebdo's Editor-in-Chief Gerard Biard and film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret, in conversation with Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN American Center, and Ed Berenson, NYU's Director of the Institute of French Studies.