PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

This week, PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will be hosting many, many events from the 4-10. Take a look here to see which events are happening when, and be sure to follow PEN on Twitter or Facebook for updates!


booksMay 7 – The Magical Art of Translation: From Haruki Murakami to Japan’s Latest Storytellers

333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Time: 6:30pm

Since 1989, Jay Rubin has translated many of Haruki Murakami’s most successful and prize-winning novels, including The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. In this program, he is joined by Ted Goossen, translator of Murakami’s most recent U.S. publications, The Strange Library (Knopf, December 2014) and Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels (Knopf, August 2015), and co-editor of Monkey Business literary magazine, which showcases the best of contemporary Japanese literature for an international audience. They will discuss the unique challenges of translating modern Japanese literary works into American English, and vice versa. Rubin will also talk about his transition from translator to novelist vis-à-vis his debut novel The Sun Gods.

Joining the discussion from Tokyo will be authors Aoko Matsuda and Satoshi Kitamura, and Motoyuki Shibata, friend and translating partner of Murakami, former University of Tokyo professor, and the Japanese translator of such American literary luminaries as Paul Auster and Thomas Pynchon. Author Roland Kelts, co-editor of Monkey Business, moderates the discussion. Followed by a reception.

Tickets: $12/$8 Japan Society members, students & seniors. Click Here to purchase tickets.


mutu-1024x595-750x345May 7 – Writing Gender: Chantel Acevedo, Adéwálé Àjàdí, Ananda Devi, Lola Shoneyin, Véronique Tadjo

972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075, USA

Time: 7:00pm

A panel of venerated authors and editors goes beyond the clichés to address the role of gender in the creation of art. Does gender influence perspective or topic choices? How might this influence be combined with other factors, like culture and geography?

With Chantel Acevedo, Adéwálé Àjàdí, Ananda Devi, Lola Shoneyin, and Véronique Tadjo. Moderated by Malaika Adero.

Co-presented with Pen World Voices Festival.

This event is free, but requires seat reservation. Click here to reserve seats.


May 8 – Free Mast Brothers Chocolate Tasting @ The Strand

828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 3-6 pm

There’s nothing quite like a Mast Brothers chocolate bar—filled with nuances like a trace of vanilla and smoke or a citrusy sweetness, their bars are a far departure from the chocolate of your childhood. When we went to a tasting at their factory in Williamsburg, we were floored. We loved the experience so much that we wanted it for our customers.

Join Strand and Mast Brothers for a FREE tasting! Experts from our friends at Mast Brothers will be on our store’s main floor to pass out samples, talk about their different varieties, and answer any questions you may have about the chocolate.

This event is free.