In The Good Books, over 50 writers—including Yiyun Li, Anne Fadiman, Karen Russell, Gary Shteyngart, David Shields, and many more—choose the works in translation they’d bring to a great global book swap. Also featured: talks and conversation by Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, and other participants in the 1986 PEN Congress. Plus fiction, poetry, essays, and comics from around the world.

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The Good Books: A Forum

Wayne Koestenbaum, Alice Mattison, Jessica Hagedorn, Anne Fadiman, Amitava Kumar, Aimee Bender, Maurice Berger, Alan Michael Parker, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Karen Russell, Eileen Myles, Joanna Scott, Martha Cooley, Terese Svoboda, Lila Azam Zanganeh, Pasha Malla, Gary Shteyngart, Alice Elliott Dark, Lynne Tillman, Michael F. Moore, Srikanth Reddy, Yiyun Li, Maureen Howard, Paul LaFarge, Paul Kane, Joshua Furst, Bob Hicok, Jed Perl, Neil Baldwin, Arthur Sze, Phillip Lopate, Jaime Manrique, Honor Moore, Rika Lesser, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Catharine R. Stimpson, Elizabeth Frank, Roxana Robinson, Alan Cheuse, David Ulin, David Shields, Susan Mitchell, Edmund Keeley, Bruce Ducker, Dave King, Daniel Orozco, Julio Marzán, Anne Landsman, Janet Burroway, Thylias Moss, Jim Moore, Meena Alexander, Nora Eisenberg, Madison Smartt Bell, Albert Mobilio, Stanley Crawford, Rabih Alameddine


Marcelo Figueras, Risk
Asaf Schurr, V1agra C1alis
Hervé Le Tellier, Three Panels from the Sextine Chapel
Najat El Hachmi, The Little One


Andrzej Sosnowski, And Other Tales, Millennium
Ernesto Cardenal, 196 Reflections of a Minister and At Delphos


Brian Dettmer, The War On All Fronts and Tower of Babble
Jenny Holzer, projections
Paul O. Zelinsky, drawings

Graphic Narrative

Ludovic Debeurme, The Dancer
Yuichi Yokoyama, Book


Pasha Malla and Moez Surani, Ethical Code for Writers
Alain de Botton, On Writing
Madeleine Thien, Photocopies of Photocopies
Matt Donovan, Against Desire
Quim Monzó, Literature

The 48th Congress of International PEN

Salman RushdieNorman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Heberto Padilla, Susan Sontag, Derek Walcott, John Barth, Yehuda Amichai, Isabel Allende, Breyten Breytenbach, Nadine Gordimer, Kōbō Abe, Danilo Kiš, Edward Said, Saul BellowGünter Grass, Breyten Breytenbach, Adam Zagajewski, Vassily Aksyonov, Allen Ginsberg, Nadine Gordimer, Czesław Miłosz, Grace Paley, Margaret Atwood, Iva Kotrla, Per Wästberg