PEN World Voices Festival Comes to Weissman
Resonances: international writers on the great works that shaped them — presented by the Great Works Program, Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, and the PEN World Voices Festival
Engelman Recital Hall
For the fourth year in a row, a group of international writers will gather at Baruch for this event. Each will speak about a classic work of literature that has had an impact on his or her own work.
Natacha Appanah, a French-Mauritian of Indian origin, was born in Mauritius and moved to France in 1998. The Last Brother, her fourth novel, won the Prix de la FNAC 2007 and the Prix des Lecteurs de L’Express 2008.
Lianke Yan is one of China’s most acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers and the recipient of China’s top literary awards, including the 2000 Lu Xun Prize for The Year, The Month, The Day and the 2004 Lao She Prize for Pleasure. Serve the People! was his first novel to be translated into English; Dream of Ding Village will be published in the U.S. in January 2011.
Najat El Hachmi Buhhu is a Catalan writer of Moroccan origin. Her best-selling first novel, L’últim patriarca, won the Ramon Llull Prize in 2008 and was short-listed for the Prix Méditerranée étranger 2009.
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, currently the Sidney Harman Writer-In-Residence at Baruch College, is the author of the award-winning Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx. A MacArthur Fellow, LeBlanc has published articles in the New York Times Magazine, the Village Voice, Esquire, the New Yorker and other publications.
Moderator John Brenkman is Chair of English at the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences. His most recent book is The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought since September 11.