John Prine, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan will receive this year's PEN/Song Lyrics Award. The ceremony will be held on September 19th and is presented in partnership with the JFK Library.
Hope you can join us! Cash bar and conversation with PEN members.
Hosts: Sue Miller and Amy Macdonald
Join us for the first in a series of three summer PUB nights. Cash bar & conversation with PEN members and local writers.
Hosts: Sue Miller, Amy Macdonald, and Vicki Croke
A reading by writer and editor Jennifer De Leon. Reception and refreshments to follow
Join us for an intimate reading by poet, essayist, and short story writer Tess Gallagher, celebrating the launch of her latest book, Boogie-Woogie Crisscross, a “poetry jam session” between Gallagher and poet Larry Matsuda.
Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist, and environmentalist Linda Hogan will receive the 2016 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Nature Writing. Free and open to the public.
ZZ Packer, author of the acclaimed story collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, reads from her novel-in-progress, The Thousands.
An event to benefit the PEN Writers' Emergency Fund. With Jaclyn Friedman, Cathi Hanauer, Daniel Jones, and Benoit Denizet-Lewis.
A conversation with renowned Russian novelist and short story writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya. Co-presented with the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry.
NOTE: This presentation will be in Russian, with no interpretation.
Join us in raising a glass to three new voices in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Legendary music historian Peter Guralnick discusses the origins of rock music with novelist Tom Perrotta.
A commemoration of writers and artists whose voices were lost in the Armenian Genocide. With Eric Bogosian, Diana Der Hovannessian, Marc Mamigonian, Herand Markarian, Danila Terpanjian and Judy Saryan, Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy, James Russell, and Jirair Libaridian.
A forum for writing teachers from both academic and community-based settings to investigate the methods and processes that support the transformational and therapeutic potential of writing.
What happens to the psyche of a young person who experiences the chaos and terror of war? Writers Jim Shepard, Chinelo Okparanta, and Simon Mawer join Helen Elaine Lee for this compelling discussion.
Join us for a night of readings illuminating the ways mass surveillance threatens artistic and intellectual freedoms. With special guests Suzanne Nossel and Carol Rose. Featuring Helene Atwan, Chris Cooper, Andre Dubus III, Jennifer Haigh, Richard Hoffman, Helen Elaine Lee, Marianne Leone, Lois Lowry, Claire Messud, ZZ Packer, Tom Perrotta, Michael Rezendes, and more.
Come and hear from five distinguished writers who are also mothers on how it works—and occasionally doesn’t—for them.
Join us in honoring Diane Ackerman, winner of the 2015 Henry David Thoreau Prize.
Join us and raise a glass in celebration.
Join naturalist John Hanson Mitchell for a guided Thoreau-themed stroll around our local Transcendentalist landmark. We'll gather at the Thoreau statue and the walk will begin promptly at 10:30am.
Please join us as we celebrate the 2014 Song Lyrics Awards honoring Kris Kristofferson and Randy Newman.
The 2014 Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award winners are Rebecca Roan for her picture book, Dragons Get Colds Too, Pamela Sonn for her non-fiction picture book, Jedediah Buxton, The Human Calculator, and Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven for her YA novel, The Shadow Boys Are Breaking.