PEN World Voices to Be Broadcast from PENLive! on Tumblr
Next week, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will be broadcast from PEN’s dedicated Tumblr account, PENlive!. Our crack team of festival correspondents hail from France, Ireland, Brazil, and the People’s Republic of Brooklyn and will be posting videos, photos, and longform pieces from our events.
According to PEN Website Editor Antonio Aiello:
We chose Tumblr again for our blogging platform for PEN World Voices because it allows our festival correspondents to easily broadcast live, in real time, from more than 40 events with 100 authors from 25 countries. And Tumblr loves writers. Can’t argue with that.
The festival runs from April 29-May 5 and offers events ranging from translation to poetry to endangered languages and human rights.
photo of Adeeba Talukdar © PEN American Center / Susan Horgan
Thing 1) This is really cool and exciting and an amazing resource for people who can’t make it to the festival in person!
Thing 2) BRB, getting “Tumblr loves writers. Can’t argue with that.” tattooed on my face.
It’s here! The trailer for White Lines was debuted on In Bed With Books yesterday, and I’m so, so pleased with how it turned out. Bonus points for readers who can guess which photos are of Club Kids who inspired characters in the book. Think of it as a game of Where’s Waldo, but with more eyeliner.
I’m gonna file a YA novel about 80s clubbing under Things I Never Knew I Needed but OBVIOUSLY I Do.
If you liked Rachel-eats-Shake-Shack-with-Cory-Doctorow, you’ll love Cory-Doctorow-joins-Tumblr!
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OPENING NIGHT READING: BRAVERY
The Ninth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Hosted by comedian Baratunde Thurston
Monday, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m., The Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, NYCBravery in art, democracy in politics, and the sheer raw zeniths and nadirs of modern life. Join us as we kick off this year’s festival with a stellar line-up of authors including NAJWAN DARWISH, “one of the 39 best Arab writers under the age of 40”; JOY HARJO, a formidable voice in the second wave of “Native American Renaissance”; MIKHAIL SHISHKIN, one of the best contemporary Russian writers; award-winning Caribbean writers JAMAICA KINCAID and EARL LOVELACE; 2012 German Book Prize winner URSULA KRECHEL; Air Force Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force DAVID FRAKT whose defense counsel of Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad earned him an international reputation as a champion of human rights; Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve DARREL VANDEVELD, former prosecutor for the U.S. Military Commissions, from which he resigned to protest the lack of due process afforded to the Guantanamo detainees; up-and-coming Nigerian writer A. IGONI BARRETT, whose Love Is Power, Or Something Like That, is due in May; and VADDEY RATNER, survivor of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime and author of the New York Times bestseller In the Shadow of the Banyan.The event is hosted by comedian BARATUNDE THURSTON, formerly of The Onion and author of the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black.PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, April 29-May 5, 2013. Chaired by Salman Rushdie, this year’s festival explores bravery in art, politics and personal life. Join us for a variety of events including panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances at venues crisscrossing the city.
photo of Joy Harjo © Karen Kuehn
Holy crap that is a lot of brilliant people. And let’s face it, no one doesn’t have a crush on Baratunde. Buy tickets now!
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Front desk at an unpopular museum.
Outreach/education at zoo, aquarium, or museum.
Salesperson in sofa or bed emporium.
Combination journalist/scuba instructor.
Oral history intake.
Skydiving instructor, stunt double, advice columnist, coffeehouse owner.
Thing 1) I submitted the boringest answer on this list.
Thing 2) ELIZABETH MCCRACKEN IS BACK ON TUMBLR AND ALL THE LITERARY PEASANTS REJOICE!
Ten years ago today, writer Amanda Davis died in an airplane accident. If you were not lucky enough to know her, you can read about her here. She is missed and mourned right now as hard as she was on March 14, 2003, and during the weeks and months and years that followed. To the sky that took her, please send news. She is still receiving.
She wrote two gorgeous books, Wonder When You’ll Miss Me and Circling The Drain, both of which come highly, highly recommended for fans of coming-of-age, circus, or women-processing-their-shit literature.
The Tumblr social network has helped countless writers connect with readers over the last few years and it is still growing. Last year, we caught up with Tumblr literary outreach Rachel Fershleiser for some advice about using the network. She shared five useful tips for writers who want to explore the social network. You can read her link-filled advice below…
I’m not sure why this was reposted today, but I stand by the advice as the easiest way to get started, gain followers, and influence people. Enjoy!