PEN World Voices on Africa: The Future is Now
Celebrate the transformative power of the written word as 100 writers from 30 countries gather in New York at Cooper Union for the 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. Join Fedor Alexandrovich, Mona Eltahawy, Richard Flanagan, Aminatta Forna, Zanele Muholi, Lola Shoneyin, Tom Stoppard, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Binyavanga Wainaina, Jackie Wang in a wide range of debates, readings, workshops, and performances in venues from Lower Manhattan and Harlem to Brooklyn and the Bronx, and engage with emerging and established international authors in new and profound ways. For this flagship opening night event, leading writers from around the globe present their worst- and best-case scenarios for where the world may be in the year 2050, offering insights they haven’t yet published, and the opportunity to consider how our future is intimately tied to our present.