2018 Literary Gala: Eskinder Nega

I ask whether those who are free have an obligation towards those of us who are not free. And I say they do. This obligation is not legal but… More

2018 Literary Gala: Jennifer Egan

"As a fiction writer and a journalist, I’m more accustomed to the role of spectator, ideally as close to invisible as possible—it helps me eavesdrop. What led me to… More

Judith Butler

Judith Butler on Living with Grief

Judith Butler discusses how expressions of rage and lashing out often reflect inner sorrow at the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival. More

Noam Chomsky on Threats to Humanity

Noam Chomsky addresses the future of humanity and the threats posed by climate change in this clip from the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival. More

Sam Shepard Reads from Motel Chronicles

Today we share a clip from the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival in which the late, great Sam Shepard reads an excerpt from his short story collection Motel Chronicles. More

Roxane Gay on Diversity in Publishing

In anticipation of the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival, today we share a clip from the 2016 festival in which Hunger author Roxane Gay discusses issues of diversity in… More