PEN Out Loud: Boundaries and Borders

Monday October 2: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a $10 ticket in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the photography section on the Strand's 2nd floor, accessible via the main store stairs or elevator.

We cross borders in our daily lives: on the subway between boroughs, in conversation, and in writing. The borders we cross define who we are. The boundaries writers and translators traverse in their work gives us a rich and varied literary landscape, and it is vital that they continue to reflect and contribute to the diversity of our world.

The topic of borders and boundaries has been at the forefront of people's minds, and it is important that these borders remain open, so that ideas, dreams, stories, and people can cross them easily, adding to the richness on either side.

With this in mind, PEN America, in partnership with the Strand Book Store, will host a conversation with Daniel José Older, author of the New York Times best-selling YA series "Shadowshaper Cypher." Older introduces protagonists of color into his work in the YA fantasy genre, making the genre not just more inclusive but more realistic. He will be in dialogue with Idra Novey, a translator-turned-novelist who interrogates linguistic boundaries in both her translations of Portuguese works and in her award-winning debut novel, Ways to Disappear. This event will be moderated by Nathan Rostron, Editor of Restless Books.

Visit Daniel José Older online at to listen to his music and read his thoughts. Follow him on Twitter @djolder.

Idra Novey is the author of the novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize, the Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Fiction Award. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she's written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Paris Review.

Nathan Rostron is the Editor and Marketing Director of Restless Books, an independent publisher of international literature. Previously, as an online literary editor, he helped to launch Bookish, an innovative book discovery startup. Prior to that, as an editor at Little, Brown and Company, he edited several award winners and New York Times bestsellers. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Nathan holds a BA in English from Pomona College and a Masters in English and Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin.

PEN Out Loud is a partnership between Strand Book Store & PEN America. Ticketed guests may receive emails and updates from both organizations.