PEN World Voices Festival | NYC April 25 – May 1, 2016

Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture: Colm Tóibín

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Named for playwright Arthur Miller, an ardent advocate for a writer’s right to freedom of expression, the annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture is a hallmark of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. In past years, it has been delivered by Orhan Pamuk, David Grossman, Umberto Eco, Nawal el Saadawi, Christopher Hitchens, Wole Soyinka, Salman Rushdie, and Sonia Sotomayor. This year, Colm Tóibín adds his voice to the storied chorus, delivering an address from the same Great Hall where Lincoln gave his historic anti-slavery speech. A conversation with Salman Rushdie and Francine Prose will follow Colm Tóibín’s address.


Irish novelist, playwright and critic Colm Tóibín is the best-selling author of The Master, Brooklyn, and most recently The Testament of Mary. He has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Costa Book Award, and was twice short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Co-sponsored by The Cooper Union.