PEN/Faulkner Foundation

201 E Capitol St SE
Washington, District of Columbia DC  20003

Phone: (202) 898-9063

PEN/Faulkner Foundation

PEN/Faulkner issues the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, which is one of the most prestigious prizes in American letters, and which has helped establish Washington as a nationally recognized literary center. In addition, PEN/Faulkner issues the PEN/Malamud award to honor excellence in the short story, runs a Writers in Schools program that connects authors to the next generation of readers, and hosts an annual Reading Series in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. For more information visit penfaulkner.org.

Click here to subscribe to all our readings: http://bit.ly/oH9qZ2 Or call the Folger box office at 202.544.7077. To purchase individual tickets for the 2013/14 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series, click the links below:

Readings are followed by a reception and book signing where audience members may meet visiting writers and engage in lively conversation about literature. This program brings diverse voices of literary excellence to the Washington, DC region and allows reads an opportunity to meet with the minds behind their favorite works.



Hill Center + PEN/Faulkner Reading Series
MK Asante & Lisa Page in Conversation
Tue., Sept. 17th at 7:00 PM
Free
Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003

District of Literature
A Full Day of Readings, Discussions, and Celebration
Mon., Sept. 30th, 2013
FREE
More info: http://bit.ly/13Zzfko

10/07: PEN/FAULKNER GALA: "RENEWAL"
Featuring authors Christopher Castellani, Matt Gallagher & Roy Scranton, Yiyun Li, Anthony Marra, George Pelecanos, Cheryl Strayed, Christopher Tilghman, Meg Wolitzer, Tiphanie Yanique, and May Kay Zuravleff. Master of Ceremonies: Calvin Trillin
To learn more or purchase tickets, please contact Amanda Bregman by phone at 202.636.8740


10/22: TOM PERROTTA & MARIA SEMPLE
The Human Comedy: Serious Humor in the American Novel
Tues., Oct. 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003


11/04: PHILIP CAPUTO & KEVIN POWERS
Blood Lines: The Literature of War
Mon., Nov. 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Note: daylight savings time ends on Nov 4. Remember to set your clocks one hour back!
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003


12/06: GEORGE SAUNDERS
2013 PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony & Memorial Reading
Fri., Dec. 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003


02/04: BAILEY, FRANKLIN, & MAX
Whose Life Is it Anyway?:
The Literary Biographer’s Craft
Tues., Feb. 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003


02/24: AYANA MATHIS & JUSTIN TORRES
Survival Instincts: First-time Novelists on the Ties That Bind
Mon., Feb. 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003


03/03: AMY TAN & DEBORAH TANNEN
Two Lives in Language: Amy Tan & Deborah Tannen in Conversation
Mon., Mar. 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003


04/10: RICHARD FORD
Thurs., Apr. 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003


05/10: PEN/FAULKNER AWARD CEREMONY & DINNER
Sat., May 10th at 7:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library – Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Bringing together writers and readers to promote a love of literature.

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction was founded in 1980 by National Book Award winner Mary Lee Settle. Her goal was to establish a national prize that would recognize literary fiction of excellence, an award juried by writers for writers, free of commercial concerns. The prize was named for William Faulkner, who used his Nobel Prize funds to establish an award for younger writers, and PEN, the international writers’ organization.

The first Award was given in May 1981, at a ceremony held in the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Today, the PEN/Faulkner Award is one of the top three national fiction awards, and the largest annual peer-juried prize in America. As Philip Roth noted when he received the 2007 Award, “PEN/Faulkner has consistently recognized works of quality.” The Award frequently recognizes new and emerging writers.

In 1983, Dr. O.B. Hardison Jr., then director of Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., offered to house the administration of the PEN/Faulkner Award within the Folger. Shortly after the move to Washington, PEN/Faulkner organized itself as an independent charitable arts foundation and began hosting a series of public fiction readings at the Folger. In 1989 the foundation launched the Writers in Schools program.

An essential cultural organization, PEN/Faulkner continues to provide arts enrichment to the Washington metropolitan area. Mary Lee Settle’s mission–to create a community of writers, honor excellence in American fiction, and encourage a love of reading–has found ever-expanding expression in the work and outreach of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

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