PEN World Voices started this week and my introductory event took place, nicely enough, over my lunch hour and right down the street from my office. I wrote a recap of the event, a “lunchtime literary conversation” between Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold and Ludovic Debeurme for The L Magazine, which is available in full here. Here’s a teaser:
“If there is anything that mars the experience of each year’s PEN World Voices Festival—besides the fact that an increasing number of panels are not free—it’s that so many interest-piquing events are scheduled during the workday, making attendance difficult if you don’t have a few spare sick days to burn. Luckily, this year there are a handful of events scheduled around the lunch hour, including the three-part “Lunchtime Literary Conversations” hosted at NYU’s La Maison Française. The first of these conversations featured two authors whose work is yet unknown to English language readers—Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, a Norwegian author whose first novel, The Faster I Run, the Smaller I Am has been sold to Dalkey Archive and is, hopefully, forthcoming, and Ludovic Debeurme, a French graphic novelist whose 500+ page autobiographically-inspired graphic novel Lucille—about two teenagers struggling with anorexia, alcoholism, and more mundane trials of adolescence—is forthcoming in English translation next month.”
Tomorrow, you can look forward to a similar recap on The L website of the second lunchtime conversation that took place today between Laurence Cossé and Hervé Le Tellier. And I’ll probably do a more detailed round-up of all the panels next week, with what little anecdotes don’t make it into the recap posts. So keep stopping by, and let me know if you attend any events yourself.