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PEN America Authors’ Evenings

PEN America Authors’ Evenings are signature fundraising events that bring together writers, filmmakers, readers, and activists and give our supporters the unique opportunity to engage with artists in an intimate setting, whether in person or online. Originally conceived as dinners and literary salons in private homes, our Authors’ Evenings now include virtual events, broadening the voices we share and the audiences we reach. PEN America has hosted literary icons like Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, and Claudia Rankine as well as new generations of luminaries including PEN America President Ayad Akhtar, Suleika Jaouad, and Ben Lerner.

In addition to discussions with artists about their craft, our guests enjoy thought-provoking conversations with journalists and leading voices in politics, economics, social sciences, and history. Beyond the printed page, we’ve held Authors’ Evenings celebrating filmmakers like Barry Jenkins, and the creators, directors, and casts of prestigious series such as The Queen’s Gambit and Succession.

These evenings not only raise vital funds for PEN America programs—they are an exemplar of our mission to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. All donations to attend these evenings are 100 percent tax-deductible.

If you are interested in hosting an Author’s Evening, whether in person or online, please contact Christy Wensley at [email protected]. See our past Authors’ Evenings.

Authors’ Evenings Co-Chairs
Tom Healy • Evangeline Morphos • John Habich Solomon • Eve Stuart

Fall 2021 Authors’ Evenings

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Joshua Ferris

Thursday, October 21, 2021
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

A Calling for Charlie Barnes
Hosted by Christine Coulson
This is a Private Event

National Book Award finalist Ferris returns in this “compassionate” novel about a modern American family and a man on a secret mission to uncover the world’s hidden truths—until his two lives come crashing together.

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Evan Osnos

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm ET

Hosted by Sewell Chan

After a decade abroad, Osnos, a National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, returns to three places he has lived in the United States—Greenwich, CT; Clarksburg, WV; and Chicago, IL—to illuminate the origins of America’s political fury.


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Kiese Laymon

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm ET

Long Division, Heavy and How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
Hosted by Lauren Embrey

In conversation with novelist Sanderia Faye, Laymon will discuss his groundbreaking fiction, memoir, and essays.


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Rebecca Hall

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm ET


Rebecca Hall, actress, director and screenwriter, discusses her directorial debut, Passing, based on the novel by Nella Larsen.


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