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E.L. Doctorow Reads from City of God
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 "...
2015 World Voices Festival Opening Night: Mona Eltahawy (audio)
For this flagship event, speakers gave original, humorous, and lyrical insights for what the world will look like in the year 2050.
Salman Rushdie Reads "Wild Garlic Gatherers" by Natalia Estemirova
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.
A Tribute to Pablo Neruda
Martín Espada reads his translations of Neruda’s “Octopi” and "The Celestial Poets," and his own poem, “The Fugitive Poets of Fenway Park.”
Todd Solondz Reads Nelson Mandela's 1962 Court Address
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.
Writers read the poetry of Liu Xia, who has been under extralegal house arrest since her husband, fellow poet and activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2010.
Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was assassinated in October 7, 2006. Today's #PENpodcast honors Anna Politkovskaya by featuring Lisa Appignanesi reading from her final unfinished column.
Graham Greene was denied entry to the United States because of his short stint as a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. As we celebrate Greene's birthday tomorrow, listen to Russell Banks read "The Virtue of Disloyalty," where he talks about a poet's responsibility to be disloyal.
The New American Poetry Anthology 1945 was banned in Colorado because of poems like Gergory Corso's "Marriage." In honor of Banned Books Week, the PEN podcast features Philip Fried reading from the collection.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths reads and excerpt from Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.
Graphic novelist and The New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Marchetto discusses how coming face to face with Death refocused her life. Here, she speaks with PEN DIY host Angela Ledgerwood, and answers audience questions.
Graphic novelist, activist, and The New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Marchetto talks about her life in fashion and offers guidelines for what to do, and wear, when death comes knocking.
Frank O'Hara's collection Lunch Poems was banned from English classes at Aurora High School in 1976 for its sexual content. In celebration of this year's Banned Books Week, this week's podcast features Claire Donato reading "Ave Maria."
In her presentation for the PEN DIY, “How to Use Death as Your Life Coach,” graphic novelist and The New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Marchetto discusses how coming face to face with Death refocused her life.
Roald Dahl's children's books have been censored and banned consistently for their adult themes of violence, sexual inferences, profanity, and overall themes of "disobedience."Celebrate Banned Books Week with Dahl's take on Little Red Riding Hood.
Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" was banned in Boston in 1881 for its supposed vulgarity. Because the poem acknowledged the existence of sex and homosexuality, it was labeled obscene and cost Whitman his job as a clerk. In celebration of this year's Banned Books Week, today's #PENpodcast features Deborah Landau reading Whitman's poems "Leaves of Grass" and "Respondez!"
In celebration of this year's Banned Books Week, Alex Dimitrov reads "I Am Not" and "Personals Ad" by the frequently-banned Allen Ginsberg.
In commemoration of her birthday on September 7, listen to Jennifer Egan give a reading from her Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Visit From the Goon Squad.
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.
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.”
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.
"We are not trapped in our narrative."
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.
Celebrate Jonathan Franzen's birthday, as well as his newest book, Purity, by listening to this week's #PENpodcast
Eva Hoffman reads "A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto" by Czesław Miłosz. This week marks 11 years since Miłosz's death in 2004.