If you’re in New York City, cancel your Friday glo-stick party and call in sick to work: it’s the PEN Fest! If you’ve never been, this is essentially cocaine for booknerds. Great novelists, poets, and writers from all over the globe descend on Manhattan and Brooklyn for a staggering amount of events, panels, and, um, cabarets.
I’ve learned to skip the readings and opt for the “Conversation with…” panels. Several events are free to the public. Here’s a few events I’m looking forward to this week, with the caveat that some of them overlap in time:
- Wed. 4/28, 3pm – Blogs, Twitter, the Kindle: The Future of Reading
- Th. 4/29, 7pm – Literary Magazines: Here and Abroad, Now and in the Future
- Fri. 4/30, 3pm – Conversation with Jonathan Galassi
- Fri. 4/30, 3:30pm – Short Stories: Past, Present and Future (with Aleksandar Hemon!)
- Sat. 5/1, 1pm – Of Roots, Clichés and the Imagination: Where Do We Write From? (with FSG debut novelist Miguel Syjuco, moderated by Natasha Wimmer)
- Sat. 5/1, 4:30pm – Anne Frank: The Diary, the Girl, and the Publishing Phenomenon (with Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colón on their forthcoming graphic biography on Anne Frank, whose online marketing campaign I’m producing)