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Building Literary Bridges: 82nd Congress of PEN International

Monday 26 September, 8:00 amSunday 2 October, 5:00 pm
Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, and their three children at the 2015 PEN Congress.

Registration for the 82nd PEN International Congress is now open! PEN International and Galicia PEN are pleased to announce that registration for the 82nd PEN International Congress is now open. The 82nd Congress will take place in Ourense, from 26 September to 2 October 2016. To register and read further information, please visit the dedicated Congress website. For any questions relating to the registration process, please contact congress2016ourense@pengalicia.gal. We look forward to seeing many of you in Ourense.

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PEN Pinter Prize 2016

Thursday 13 October, 6:30 pm8:00 pm | £10 - £15
British Library,
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
Margaret Atwood

The PEN Pinter Prize 2016 will be awarded to Margaret Atwood on at a public event at the British Library on  Thursday 13 October. Atwood  will be presented with the prize at this event and will deliver an address. There will also be a reading from her novel The Handmaid’s Tale by actress Elizabeth McGovern and an encomium by Erica Wagner.  A limited edition booklet containing the presentation will be published by Faber & Faber and available to the audience…

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Fragments of Ferrante: John Lanchester, Ann Goldstein, Catherine Taylor and Dawn Foster

Friday 14 October, 7:00 pm | £12
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Despite her consistently high position in the bestseller lists, and her status, as declared by Time magazine earlier this year as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet, the true identity behind the pseudonym ‘Elena Ferrante’ has remained, since the publication of her first novel L’Amore molesto (Troubling Love) in 1992, a closely guarded secret. To mark the impending publication of her latest work Frantumaglia (Europa Editions, November 2016),the London Review Bookshop have convened a panel of…

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Etgar Keret at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Saturday 15 October, 2:45 pm3:45 pm | £8
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The acclaimed Israeli author known for his short stories, graphic novels and scriptwriting, talks to Mark Lawson about The Seven Good Years; a life-affirming book about the need to find good in the least likely of places. Book tickets Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is a leading voice in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of five bestselling story collections, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. His writing has been published in the New…

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PEN Atlas presents Alejandro Zambra and Joe Dunthorne, a cross-examination

Tuesday 18 October, 7:00 pm8:00 pm | £5
Waterstones Tottenham Court Road,
19-21 Tottenham Court Rd, London, W1T 1BJ
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Alejandro Zambra’s new book Multiple Choice is billed as ‘a) Fiction b) Non-fiction c) Poetry d) All of the above e) None of the above’. This special PEN Atlas event brings the Chilean novelist in conversation with Welsh writer Joe Dunthorne, whose fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other writings, like Zambra’s, confound categorisation. Both writers are deeply contemporary, and seriously playful: expect irreverent and international insights – as well as some multiple choice questions out to the audience to keep us…

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