The Septembers of Shiraz

CHAPTER 27Isaac stretches his legs, tapping them with his fingers to help his blood circulate. He is glad to have a sink in his room; he rinses his face… More

Conversations in Tusculum

Tusculum, a town in the Alban Hills, fifteen miles southeast of Rome, is home to many country villas owned by wealthy and politically well-connected Romans. More

The Clean House

CHARACTERSLane: A doctor, a woman in her early fifties. She wears white.Matilde: Lane’s cleaning lady, a woman in her late twenties. She wears black. She is Brazilian. She has… More

The Maias

One dreary December day of heavy rain, Afonso da Maia was sitting in his study reading, when the door flew open; he looked up and saw Pedro standing before… More

PEN Announces 2008 Literary Award Recipients

Francine Prose, president of PEN American Center, the national association of literary writers, and Elissa Schappell, chair of PEN’s Literary Awards Committee, have announced the recipients of the 2008… More

Cynthia Ozick to Receive $20,000 PEN/Nabokov Award

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will also be honoring Ms. Ozick, along with Peter Ho Davies, with the 2008 PEN/Malamud Award. This prize recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence… More

Toni Morrison to be honored at PEN gala

Bestselling author Toni Morrison will accept the PEN/Borders Literary Service Award at the 2008 PEN Literary Gala, which takes place April 28 at New York City's American Museum of… More