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I had the pleasure of listening to a lively panel moderated by Aleksandar Hemon at the PEN World Voices Festival.  Titled Best European Fiction, after the jewel of an anthology of which Hemon is the editor, the panel included contributors Patrick Boltshauser, Robert Gal and Noelle Revaz, as well as Martin Riker, Associate Director at Dalkey Archive Press, which publishes the anthology.

            The overarching theme of the at-times humorous discussion revolved around language, citizenship and the gap that frequently exists between mother tongue and nationhood and how this impacts the writer’s identity.  Hemon probed each of the panelists to speak about how they reconcile the often-contradictory impulses that spark their writing.

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Lyn Miller-Lachmann’s description of this event was excellent, but I did want to add a few further notes.

I attended this event with my daughter, an Asian-American teacher in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. She was especially riveted by the story of Arn Chorn-Pond and his journey from the killing fields of Cambodia to Lowell, Massachusetts. His work in human rights, using the arts as a medium, was inspiring to her. Especially she was glad he spoke of the need to be there, on the ground, taking action. That we are now hearing his story NEVER FALL DOWN, though, is due to Patricia McCormick, who looks a bit like Shirley Temple, but is not afraid to venture into mine fields to interview members of the Khmer Rouge.

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penamerican:

May 19 (tomorrow): Join PEN for Books & Booze at Lit Crawl 2012
When: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Where: BookCourt: 163 Court Street, Brooklyn
What time: 7 p.m.
Join PEN staff for a night of poetry, wine, and talk at Brooklyn’s beloved BookCourt, where poets and PEN Members Catherine Barnett, Monica Ferrell, and Cathy Park Hong will read from their new work and engage the audience in conversation. This is the second and final stop on the Lit Crawl scene, so swing by for some verse and we will all head over to the after party around the corner at 61 Local on Bergen St.
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penamerican:

May 19 (tomorrow): Join PEN for Books & Booze at Lit Crawl 2012

When: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Where: BookCourt: 163 Court Street, Brooklyn

What time: 7 p.m.

Join PEN staff for a night of poetry, wine, and talk at Brooklyn’s beloved BookCourt, where poets and PEN Members Catherine Barnett, Monica Ferrell, and Cathy Park Hong will read from their new work and engage the audience in conversation. This is the second and final stop on the Lit Crawl scene, so swing by for some verse and we will all head over to the after party around the corner at 61 Local on Bergen St.

(via PEN.org » Blog Archive Join PEN for Books & Booze at Lit Crawl 2012! - PEN.org)

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Join us for the PEN Mingle! 
Meet with writers and PEN members for some good times.
Date: Wednesday, 6/20
Place: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
Time: 6:30-9:30p
Cash bar with a few drink specials.
Photo of Cathy Park Hong © PEN American Center

Join us for the PEN Mingle! 

Meet with writers and PEN members for some good times.

Date: Wednesday, 6/20

Place: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012

Time: 6:30-9:30p

Cash bar with a few drink specials.

Photo of Cathy Park Hong © PEN American Center

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penamerican:

Herta Müller and Claire Messud in Conversation

May 4, 2012 | 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center | New York City

In her first New York appearance in over a decade, after a reading from her forthcoming novel The Hunger AngelHerta Müller is interviewed by another literary titan, Claire Messud. This event took place as part of the 2012 PEN World Voices Festival.

  PHOTO GALLERY | View the photo gallery on Flickr