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PEN American Center presents
What Can’t Be Sung: Xiaolu Guo & Nellie McKay in Conversation with Sasha Frere-Jones
featuring Xialou Guo and Nellie McKay in conversation with Sasha Frere-Jones
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:30PM

Ace Hotel's Liberty Hall
20 W 29th St
New York, NY 10016


Do novelists, poets, and musicians explore culture in different ways? How do they tell stories of introspection? Do the processes of writing music and writing literature speak to each other? How do they map the past and present in our increasingly connected world? On Tuesday, September 9th at The Ace Hotel's Liberty Hall, the New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones will guide literary sensation and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo—recently named one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young British Novelists—and acclaimed singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, in an intimate program that addresses these questions and more. Musician, writer, and cultural critic Frere-Jones will expertly put some of PEN’s core beliefs to the test: meditating on the power of the written word, the urgency of protecting writers from persecution and censorship, and the belief that a vital literary culture can affect change. The event will include a reading from Xiaolu Guo’s forthcoming novel I Am China, and the possibility of surprise performances. This conversation will launch a season of thought-provoking events in PEN's revitalized 2014-2015 Public Programs calendar. After the reading we'll toast our upcoming schedule of conversations, performances, and panels that aim to show how every working writer is ultimately a writer of conscience. Please join us on September 9th, and be sure to continue celebrating with PEN throughout the year as we offer an array of literary programming demonstrating how literature is approachable, unexpected, and essential to our understanding of how we live.

Doors open at 7:30. Come for drink specials. Program starts at 8 pm.