[CANCELED] Words and Music by Zadie Smith, Tara Westover, Suleika Jaouad, and Jon Batiste

09 May 2020
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

This year’s Festival closes with an exuberant musical performance featuring Zadie Smith and Tara Westover on vocals, and Suleika Jaouad on bass—women better known for their writing (think White Teeth, Grand Union, Educated, and the forthcoming Between Two Kingdoms). They are joined by Jon Batiste, the musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, on piano. Besides getting an extraordinary peek at some of our most famous writers’ hidden talents, the audience will also listen in on an intimate conversation between the performers about creativity, art, and inspiration. After the event, a band of musicians will join Batiste in leading the audience in a stirring New Orleans-style “Love Riot” out​ ​into the streets of Greenwich ​Village.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Jon Batiste
Tara Westover
Suleika Jaouad
Zadie Smith

The live events of the 2020 World Voices Festival have been canceled due to concerns about the safety of participants and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In early May, we launched the 2020 digital World Voices Festival at pen.org/worldvoicesdigital. This ongoing digital version of the Festival includes a suite of podcasts, videos, interviews, and musical playlists, with live events and other features to be rolled out over the coming weeks. We hope this digital content brings you joy during a time of uncertainty.

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