• May 8, 2020

    In 2006, Bill Moyers assembled a group of writers from the PEN International conference to reflect on the subject of that year's gathering  –  faith and reason. Moyers takes viewers on a rare journey deep into a writer's work. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson and others draw on their own experiences to the role that religion plays in shaping our world. We are re-presenting these conversations on the Moyers on Democracy podcast feed. PEN International continues ...

  • February 1, 2020

    David Grossman is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His writing has appeared in THE NEW YORKER and has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the Premio Ischia international award for journalism and the Albatross Prize given by the Günter Grass Foundation. His most recent book, the novel A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR, won The Man Booker International Prize in ...

  • August 9, 2017

    Pema Chödrön continues to teach in Buddhist monasteries in the United States and Canada. She has written several books including: THE WISDOM OF NO ESCAPE, WHEN THINGS FALL APART, and most recently, WELCOMING THE UNWELCOME.  In 2006, The Pema Chodron Foundation was founded in order to help ensure that Pema’s work can be supported sustainably into the future.

  • September 8, 2010

    Jeanette Winterson is a poet and novelist who has authored over 20 books. She was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006 for services to literature, and, in 2011, her memoir WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? became a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller. Her latest novel, FRANKISSSTEIN, was published in 2019. She currently holds an academic position in the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester in the ...

  • September 8, 2010

    Sir John Houghton was widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent climatologists. An author of several non-fiction books, including GLOBAL WARMING: THE COMPLETE BRIEFING. Houghton was well-known for his theories on the compatibility of science and religious faith. He was awarded numerous prizes over the course of his career. Most recently, he received the Albert Einstein World Award of Science in 2009. Houghton passed away in April 2020 from coronavirus at the age of ...

  • June 10, 2010

    Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, critical essays and graphic novels. Her latest, THE TESTAMENTS, is the co-winner of the 2019 Booker prize and the much-anticipated sequel to THE HANDMAID’S TALE which is now a critically acclaimed television series. Ms. Atwood is also a current vice-president of PEN International.

  • September 8, 2007

    Will Power is a playwright, actor, and educator who is credited as an early pioneer of hip-hop theater. His most recent play, DETROIT RED, tells the story of Malcolm X’s transformation from the hustler Detroit Red to the civil rights icon he would become as an adult. The play debuted in February 2020 with backing from ArtsEmerson in Boston. Power has received several awards for his work. Most recently, he was the recipient of the ...

  • June 7, 2007

    Mary Gordon is the author of eight novels including FINAL PAYMENTS, PEARL and, most recently, THERE YOUR HEART LIES which was published in 2017. She is also the author of seven works of nonfiction including two memoirs about her parents THE SHADOW MAN: A DAUGHTER’S SEARCH FOR HER FATHER and CIRCLING MY MOTHER. She teaches at Barnard College.

  • June 2, 2007

    Salman Rushdie has written 14 novels. His latest novel, QUICHOTTE, was shortlisted for the 2019 Booker prize. The NEW YORK TIMES bestseller is inspired by the Cervantes classic DON QUIXOTE. In June 2007 he received knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2008 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library. His novel, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, was named the Best ...