PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
In response to COVID-19, large gatherings will not be taking place on campus, including events at NYU Skirball. Ticket holders to canceled or postponed events will be contacted by the box office.
This year’s PEN America World Voices Festival closes with an exuberant musical performance featuring Zadie Smith and Tara Westover on vocals, and Suleika Jaouad on bass—women better known for their writing (think White Teeth, Grand Union, Educated, and the forthcoming Between Two Kingdoms). They are joined by Jon Batiste, the musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, on piano.
Besides getting an extraordinary peek at some of our most famous writers’ hidden talents, the audience will also listen in on an intimate conversation between the performers about creativity, art, and inspiration. After the event, a band of musicians will join Batiste in leading the audience in a stirring New Orleans-style “Love Riot” out into the streets of Greenwich Village.