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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature on Africa

Writers from around the world will gather in New York for the 11th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, a week-long celebration of contemporary literature. This year’s festival, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will bring perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora.

The following PEN programs are geared towards children:


Stories that Traveled
May 6, 2015, 7pm at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street, New York, NY
With Baba Wagué Diakité, Marilyn Nelson, Nnedi Okorafor
Moderated by Fatima Shaik
Tickets: $12 at the door/$10 in advance, PEN and Nuyorican Poets Cafe Members, and students with valid ID. Purchase tickets here.

Three authors of books for children and young adults—a storyteller, a poet, and a novelist—reveal the ways the African continent inspires their work and influences their identities as writers.


Six Words for My Mother
May 10, 2015, 3 pm at STREB@SLAM, 51 North 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY
With Diane Guerrero, Lynn Harris, Sarah McNally, Lacey Schwartz, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Toshi Woodson, Dan Zanes

Hosted by Larry Smith
Tickets: $10/$5 under 17. Purchase tickets here or call (866) 811-4111.

For this Mother’s Day event, storytellers perform a Six-Word Memoir, then reveal the backstory. At the show’s end, audience members share their six-word stories in the playful “circus” environment of Elizabeth Streb’s STREB Lab for Action Mechanics.

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