A series of upcoming discussions, called “Questions of Culture: Words into Action,” will explore how writers can help create social and cultural changes. Presented by The Dallas Morning News, PEN America and the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, the free panels will happen online this fall.
The first event on Sept. 29 places Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, in conversation with Dallas author Ben Fountain. The pair will talk about Nossel’s new book, Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All, which argues for fostering democratic debate that is open and respectful.
Next up, on Oct. 6, Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer-winning playwright, will discuss his new novel, Homeland Elegies, with Dallas writer Jaina Sanga. Homeland Elegies examines Akhtar’s complicated relationship with America in a narrative form blending fact and fiction.
Lastly, D-FW-based authors and illustrators A. Kendra Greene and Fowzia Karimi will speak about the connections between words and images in their books on Oct. 27. Audiences can sign up for the virtual discussions at questionsofculture.dallasnews.com.