PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE – MAY 2 & 3 – For its 10th anniversary, the Festival celebrates those who have dared to stand ‘on the edge,’ risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Join us for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances in venues throughout the city. PEN will feature several events in association with The Invisible Dog.

FRIDAY MAY 2 / 8-930 PM
Literary Quartet: Two on Two
Notable editors Christopher Bollen and Brigid Hughes have a knack for identifying (and then publishing) first-rate literature. At this exciting session, they will speak with writers well- known in their home countries who are beginning to make a splash here. Don’t miss the chance to hear Germany’s Maxim Leo, Israel’s Alona Kimhi, Bangladesh’s Zia Haider Rahman, and Norway’s Linn Ullman discuss craft, life, and what they’re working on now.
Co-sponsored by Goethe-Institut New York, and Icelandic Literature Abroad and Icelandic Consulate.


Creativity and Craft in Asylum
How do themes and style change when a writer is exiled? Who does an exiled writer write for? How do such things as native language, time in exile, and genre impact the writer? Writers will read from their work that caused their exile, then discuss how exile – or the idea of exile – has affected their writing. Founder and director of City of Asylum, Pittsburgh’s refuge for international writers in peril, guides this panel.
Co-sponsored by City of Asylum and The Invisible Dog.

3-430 PM
“Bad Women:” When Women Break the rules
What is a “bad” woman? What is the role of a “bad woman” in historical narratives, national histories, and familial stories? How can stories of sex and desire shift assumptions and cultural expectations of womanhood? These contemporary writers depict the private lives of women caught in the crosshairs of history.
Co-sponsored by Feminist Press

5-630 PM
Balkan literature / Edge of Accord
The Festival brings together leading writers from the intricately diverse countries of the Balkan Peninsula – Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro – to examine the ways in which the region, and its artists, have navigated the fog of war that has engulfed them for decades, and to honor the courage reflected in their work.
Presented in association with Trust for Mutual Understanding.

8-930 PM
Babette’s Feast 2.0
The final stop will be at Brooklyn’s new art-world hotspot, The Invisible Dog. Thisgallery and performance space, née afactory warehouse, is an ideal setting forBabette’s feast of the senses; a place, once cold and industrial, that now infused withthe spirit of passion and a lush variety of artistic expression.
Co-sponsored by The Copenhagen, with support from the Consulate General of Denmark, Consulate General of Finland, Consulate General of Iceland, Consulate General of Norway, Consulate General of Sweden, The Danish Arts Foundation, Finnish Literature Exchange, Icelandic Literature Center, the Nordic Culture Fund, NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad: Fiction & Non-Fiction, and the Swedish Arts Council.

Tickets: $10/$8 PEN Members and Students with valid ID 866-811-4111 or

Tickets: $25/$20 PEN Members and Students with valid ID. Price of event includes dinner and two glasses of wine. Buy tickets to all three Babette’s Feast readings for $45/$35 (866) 811-4111 or

April 28-May 4, 2014