In the lead up to this year’s World Voices Festival, PEN is teaming up withProcessional Arts Workshop (PAW) for a series of drop-in workshops to create giant puppets and other visual elements for mobile performances along NYC’s High Line. Workshop volunteers will help artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles translate the sensual anatomy of bindings, folios, paper, and print into bibliomorphic puppets and performing objects for the April 30 sunset Parade of Illuminations that will officially open the Festival. Evenings, May 3-5, roving performances of Ex Libris will inhabit The High Line, leaving behind PEN-authored texts in the hands of a few lucky passers-by.
Dialogue Series: Margaret Atwood on the Writers’ Mind and the Digital Otherworld
What does it mean to write with the Web? How does our constant access to information and ideas affect the landscape of imagination? What are the ramifications on the craft? In “What to Do With Literature,” the first installment of our Dialogue Series, Margaret Atwood will delve into these questions and many more, offering her unique perspective as an online activist, prolific voice on Twitter, and early champion of the Internet. She will be joined in conversation with long-time editor and friend, Amy Grace Loyd. Tickets: $15/$10 PEN Members and students with valid ID. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit ovationtix.com Buy tickets to all three Dialogue Series events for $30/$25 PEN Members.
We’re pleased to partner with Processional Arts Workshop to bring performances to the High Line as part of the 8th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
Presenting the fleeting sense of literature in our time of technology, the Parade of Illuminations invites participants to capture pieces of text out of the air. Designed by Processional Arts Workshop and created in local community workshops, visual elements for the procession draw inspiration from the physical sense of books and the history of print, from ancient tablets of clay to modern tablets of light.
This morning, Margaret Atwood visited WNYC to discuss her book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth. She also talked with Brian Lehrer about the question at the center of the our End of War series: Is war inevitable?
When: Wednesday, May 2 Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., New York City. Due to construction, enter from 81st Street and Fifth Avenue. What time: 7 p.m.
Cartoonist Steve Bell has been lampooning Her Majesty’s Government since the early days of Margaret Thatcher. His weekly strip in the Guardian is a staple of British political discourse, and has been drawing outrage from the office of the Prime Minister to the House of Commons for over 30 years. With the U.S. Presidential election just around the corner, Bell couldn’t have arrived at a better time. In an intimate conversation, the cartoonist offers a ferocious take on the American political landscape in this election year.
When: Saturday, May 5 Where: The School of Writing at The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th St., New York City What time: 5–6:30 p.m.