Adrian Silver

Works as a dramturg for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and as assistant director for Martha Clarke.  He has performed for Martha Clarke, Ballet Contemporáneo de Caracas, Oakland Ballet, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, among others.  He is currently translating a collection of plays from Yiddish, supported by the National Yiddish Book Center and a NYSCA grant.  He is also a literary reader for the Play Company, directed by Kate Loewald, and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.

Exhibition Tour with Louis Mayo


Meet NASA’s Louis Mayo, a planetary scientist and professor of astronomy, as he tours the Folger exhibition Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude and talks about the motivation to explore and early space exploration. Mr. Mayo will outline contemporary problems in calculating longitude, time, and space as he discusses the current status of deep space planetary exploration and future missions.   

Celeste Ng and John Wray


In this evening with two exciting young authors, Celeste Ng and John Wray will read from novels that explore the seductive side of danger. Their discussion will explore how an author creates a sense of menace, and why it’s important to threaten your characters – and frighten your readers.

Deborah Eisenberg


Given since 1988 in honor of the late Bernard Malamud, this award recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction. This year we will honor Deborah Eisenberg, making her the fourth writer to have won both the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. 

Jane Smiley


Jane Smiley is one of America’s foremost novelists. Among other honors, she has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and, in 2006, received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. PEN/Faulkner brings her to D.C. to read from her newest novel, Golden Age, the third in her century-spanning trilogy that began with Some Luck and Early Warning


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