Just Press Play

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting millions of people’s lives in unprecedented ways, PEN America’s World Voices Festival launched a new playlist series with songs selected by some of our favorite authors from around the world.

Since the beginning of the pandemic nearly four months ago, Just Press Play has brought the soundtracks of poets and novelists’ writing lives into homes and offices everywhere. From the balconies of Milan to the speakers of our smartphones, these playlists reminded us all that music, like books, can connect humanity from a distance.

To finish out our playlist series, we leave you with “The Best of Just Press Play”: a compilation album featuring our authors’ favorite tracks to comfort you throughout this summer. We hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening!

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