The PEN World Voices Festival runs from April 27-May 3 in New York (mostly) and features authors from all over the world talking about books and ideas. And — surprise — there are several events featuring graphic novelists and the like, including an afternoon of three sessions. Several events are free, but you’ll need tickets for the GN afternoon. Here’s a rundown:

April 27 | Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Joshua Wolf Shenk

April 30, 2009 | Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Kathrin Röggla: Modern Day Salarymen

April 30, 2009 | Leaps and Bounds, Fits and Starts: The Evolution of a Children’s Book Writer With Neil Gaiman, Mariken Jongman, and Shaun Tan; moderated by Andrea Davis Pinkney

May 2, 2009 | Coraline, Sandman: Books and Imagination: A Conversation with Neil Gaiman

May 2, 2009 | Pictures + Words: The New Literature of Graphic Narrative With Kate Beaton, Robbi Behr, Emmanuel Guibert, Chad Parmenter, and Matthew Swanson (This event takes place in Chestertown, MD)

May 2, 2009 | 1,000 Words: The Power of Visual Storytelling May 2, 2009 | 1,000 Words: The Power of Visual Storytelling With Emmanuel Guibert, David Polonsky, and Shaun Tan; moderated by Jonathan Ames

May 2, 2009 | Revolutionary Writers: Yoshihiro Tatsumi in Conversation with Adrian Tomine

Tatsumi and Tomine? We’re there!

For those who are fans of non-pictorial books, there are many other sessions of interest. Check out the entire schedule.


  1. The May 2nd event with Guibert, Parementer, and Beaton is actually on April 25th at The Rose O’Neill Literary House, Washington College, Chestertown, MD!

    PEN tells me they’ll change the website to reflect this soon!