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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

201 E Capitol St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

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Bringing together writers and readers to promote a love of literature.
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The PEN/Faulkner Foundation exists to confer an annual national prize for the best work of fiction by an American author; to bring excellent literary programs to the citizens of the Washington metropolitan area; and to extend its programs to young people at a time when they are forming their literary tastes and contemplating future vocations. PEN/Faulkner accomplishes these goals by choosing three noted writers of fiction each year to select the winner and four runners-up of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; by presenting a series of readings by emerging and acclaimed writers of fiction at the Folger Shakespeare Library and other venues; and by sponsoring the Writers in Schools program.


PEN/Faulkner issues the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, which is one of the most prestigious prizes in American letters, and which has helped establish Washington as a nationally recognized literary center. In addition, PEN/Faulkner issues the PEN/Malamud award to honor excellence in the short story, runs a Writers in Schools program that connects authors to the next generation of readers, and hosts an annual Reading Series in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. For more information visit

Click here to subscribe to all our readings: Or call the Folger box office at 202.544.7077. To purchase individual tickets for the 2013/14 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series, click the links below:

Readings are followed by a reception and book signing where audience members may meet visiting writers and engage in lively conversation about literature. This program brings diverse voices of literary excellence to the Washington, DC region and allows reads an opportunity to meet with the minds behind their favorite works.

Hill Center + PEN/Faulkner Reading Series
MK Asante & Lisa Page in Conversation
Tue., Sept. 17th at 7:00 PM
Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003

District of Literature
A Full Day of Readings, Discussions, and Celebration
Mon., Sept. 30th, 2013
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Featuring authors Christopher Castellani, Matt Gallagher & Roy Scranton, Yiyun Li, Anthony Marra, George Pelecanos, Cheryl Strayed, Christopher Tilghman, Meg Wolitzer, Tiphanie Yanique, and May Kay Zuravleff. Master of Ceremonies: Calvin Trillin
To learn more or purchase tickets, please contact Amanda Bregman by phone at 202.636.8740

The Human Comedy: Serious Humor in the American Novel
Tues., Oct. 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003





PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series, Writers in Schools program.
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