[CANCELED] Unsung Voices

Panel Discussion
09 May 2020
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

Four remarkable novelists tell the stories of those who have previously gone unheard. Petina Gappah gives voice to the faithful servants who escorted explorer David Livingstone’s body across Africa. María Fernanda Ampuero amplifies the voices of women grappling with violence in their homes in Ecuador. In his Prix Goncourt-winning book, Nicolas Mathieu introduces us to a group of teenagers in a deprived and neglected region of France. And Abdellah Taïa, the first openly gay writer in the Arab world, follows a postcolonial community of sex workers, refugees, and queer revolutionaries to their dreams of transformation.

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

Abdellah Taïa
María Fernanda Ampuero
Nicolas Mathieu
Petina Gappah

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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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