South Africa in Two Acts

Working with PEN chapters in South Africa, this panel focuses discussion on literature and accountability in the new South Africa. Does the literary community reflect the country’s demographics? Can… More

Africa and the World

I’ve been asked very loosely to think about the relationship of African writers and Africa at large to American writing. An enormous topic, of course, but I’ll offer a… More

Africa and the World

ZAKES MDA: I will read a passage here from The Whale Caller, which is a novel set in South Africa in a small town called Hermanus. Hermanus is well… More

Editor’s Note

The first annual PEN World Voices Festival brought together 125 writers from around the globe for a week of intense conversation about language, culture, crime, catastrophe, death, sex, religion—the… More

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