Slate and PEN/Faulkner jointly present DC: Fact/Fiction, a panel discussion on the District's literature--and its place in the national conversation--by cultural thinkers with deep ties to the District:
Marie Arana is a biographer, essayist, novelist, and former editor in chief of Book World at The Washington Post. Currently, she is a guest columnist for the New York Times, Writer at Large for The Post, and Senior Advisor to the US Librarian of Congress.
Louis Bayard is the author of the critically acclaimed The School of Night and The Black Tower, the national bestseller The Pale Blue Eye, and the New York Times Notable Book Mr. Timothy. His other books include Fool's Errand and Endangered Species. He has written for such publications as Salon, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. His next novel, Roosevelt's Beast, will be published in March 2014 by Henry Holt.
Danielle Evans is the author of the short-story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Paterson Prize, and the Hurston-Wright award for fiction. She teaches literature and creative writing at American University in Washington DC.
Jennifer Howard is a journalist and fiction writer who was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bookforum, the Times Literary Supplement, VQR, the Collagist, the anthology "D.C. Noir," and elsewhere.
Dan Kois is a senior editor in Slate's culture department and the editor of the Slate Book Review. He's also a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
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The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is a nonprofit literary organization devoted to connecting readers and writers. The foundation believes in deepening readers connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement.