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Public Lives/Private Lives

Public Lives/Private Lives

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On today's program, we'll hear from three great writers, participants in PEN World Voices: Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, and Uzodinma Iweala.

For an hour, a studio in our New York bureau will be transformed into a new Algonquin Round Table. (Surely someone at The Bryant Park Project can make a mean martini.)

The theme of this year's festival is "Public Lives/Private Lives."

How do we draw a line between our private and public selves? When must we tell private stories for the public good? Do we need to redefine the meaning of public and private in the 21st century?

We'll put those questions to our three guests, but we want you to answer them too. Especially if you're a writer, professional or amateur. Should authors tell private stories, if it is for the public good?