150 writers including Adonis, Shirin Neshat, Martin Amis, and Lydia Davis appear at this year's fest
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature 2014Various New York City Locations (New York, NY) Map it
Founded by Salman Rushdie in 2005, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature returns to remind us of the brave writers who dared to stand "on the edge", risking everything to defend their art and beliefs. Consisting of readings, debates, performances and workshops, this year’s festival finds more than 150 writers from 30 nations gathering for the occasion. Among the participants are Adonis, Martin Amis, Lydia Davis, Shirin Neshat, Michael Ian Black, Parker Posey, and Masha Geeson. Notable events include a tribute to Dylan Thomas, Dan Savage speaking about his obsession with plaques and trophies, a conversation between Salman Rushdie and Timothy Garden Ash, a screening of the documentary 1971, and the festival’s legendary Literary Safari where attendees wander the halls of the Westbeth in search of readings. The festival concludes with Colm Tóibín delivering the annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.