• Home

Face Off! Overcoming Barriers


April 30, 2010 | Instituto Cervantes | NYC

With David Almond, Alina Bronsky, Janne Teller, and Tommy Wieringa; moderated by Matt de la Peña


Co-sponsored by Instituto Cervantes

LISTEN | Download the mp3

CLIPS: David Almond | Alina Bronsky | Janne Teller |
Tommy Wieringa | Matt de la Peña

It is often said that it is not the life that matters, but the courage one brings to it. Four acclaimed authors from the U.K., Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands, discuss how the characters in their books summon the courage to overcome obstacles and live the kind of life they aspire to. Do writers get a kind of freedom, a way to problem solve issues from their own lives and even an opportunity to test their own mettle, through their characters? Matt De La Peña asks our guests to share how their characters face down obstacles, both internal and external, and what their work means to their own lives.

• View the photo gallery on Flickr

Get the Free Speech News You Need

protesters in face masks carrying old Belarusian national flags

PEN America has a new weekly newsletter, PEN Points, bringing you a digest of the biggest free expression news of the week, plus the analysis and insights you trust from PEN America experts.