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Apr 29, 2013 - May 5, 2013

PEN Festival 2013

For one week each spring, the PEN World Voices Festival showcases the work of more than 50 international writers from across the globe in conversations, readings, performances, demonstrating that literature is more than just pages bound in a book.

Chaired by Salman Rushdie, the theme of the 2013 World Voices Festival is Bravery and it will take place from Monday, April 29 through Sunday, May 5. It will feature such luminaries as Eduardo Galeano, Sapphire, Fran Lebowitz, along with writers from Palestine, Burma, and South Africa, to name just a few.
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Czech writers Michal Ajvaz and Bianca Bellova participate at the Festival.

Czech author MICHAL AJVAZ:
A Literary Safari
Friday, May 03, 2013, 6:30pm
With Nadeem Aslam, Dror Burstein, Gillian Clarke, Margie Orford, Jordi Punti, Jaime Manrique, Randa Jarrar, Noemi Szecsi, Nick Holdstock, Tararith Kho, Natalio Hernandez Hernandez, Padma Venkatraman, Michal Ajvaz, Mia Couto, and others

Explorers may discover a bedside reading, a dinner-table discussion, or a poet in the elevator at this event, where each participant is given a map and left to roam the halls of the city’s oldest and largest artist community; the notoriously labyrinthine Westbeth Artists’ Housing. The residents will again open their homes to PEN authors and the public for this intimate annual event, which ends with a reception and champagne toast in the gallery.

Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Readings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.




Saturday May 4th, 2013
5pm-6:30pm Invisible Cities, Visible Cities 
For many novelists, describing the city where a story takes place is as fundamental as providing a well-developed protagonist. This panel will look at different ways that writers approach urban settings whether they be famous destinations or imaginary metropolises. The panel will look at how the city both limits and liberates, how it is informed by collective knowledge and individual exploration, and how, particularly in the era of globalization, it can be a place of imposing history and rapid reinvention.

Tickets: $15/$10 PEN Members and students with valid ID
212-967-7555 or www.publictheater.org, or visit The Public
Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street. Box Office Hours:
Sun-Mon 1-6 p.m., Tue-Sat 1-7:30 p.m.









From: Apr 29, 2013
To: May 5, 2013


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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