PEN America Blog
Meeting Ömer Basdag was yet another fabulous example of the synchronicity I experience whenever I go to Istanbul. People there have two expressions for serendipitous happenings: zuhurat and tefafuk. Both are old Ottoman words.
Richard Flanagan on how his father's traumatic internment at a Japanese POW camp during World War II informed the writing of his Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Edwidge Danticat spoke to John Freeman about how stories are community property, what it means to write for others, and finding a sense of home in Haitian art and books.