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BOOKFORUM invites you to an event on May 3, 2009
Bookforum

Faith and Fiction
powerHouse Arena

http://www.pen.org/festival

Fifth Annual PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE:
Evolution/Revolution
April 27 to May 3, 2009

BOOKFORUM invites you to an event on May 3, 2009.
Faith and Fiction with Benjamin Anastas, Nadeem Aslam, Brian Evenson, and Jan Kjærstad; moderated by Bookforum coeditor, Albert Mobilio

Religion and faith now exert an overwhelming influence on politics and culture. This panel will discuss some of the questions raised in writing contemporary fiction when religion plays a role: If fiction is make-believe and faith is must-believe, can writers reconcile the absolutes of religion with the ambiguities of character and the relative truths of storytelling? Can religion exist legitimately in a work of fiction and go unquestioned? How does the novelist serve two masters without compromising both?

When: Sunday, May 3, 2009: 1–2:30 p.m.
Where: powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn

Free and open to the public
Cosponsored by Bookforum and powerHouse Arena

http://www.pen.org/festival

160 writers from 40 countries take the stage in venues across New York City to consider how the world changes and how we change.

Do not miss this exciting week of conversations, performances and readings, featuring Paul Auster, Muriel Barbery, Mark Z. Danielewski, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Ford, Neil Gaiman, Philip Gourevitch, David Grossman, Paul Krugman, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Nam Le, Walter Mosley, Péter Nádas, Michael Ondaatje, Salman Rushdie, Nawal El Saadawi, Hwang Sok-yong, George Soros, Antonio Tabucchi, Colm Tóibín, Adrian Tomine and many more…

For more information go to: http://www.pen.org/festival

April 30, 2009