Toni Morrison among writers at NY literature event

Novelist Toni Morrison, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, smiles as she is warmly received by the audience moments before giving the Radcliffe Inaugural Lecture on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Tuesday, April 3, 2001. The lecture by Morrison helped commemorate the founding of the Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study within Harvard University. Morrison is considered by many to be America's pre-eminent black woman writer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

March 18, 2010 7:53:38 PM PDT
Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Sherman Alexie will be among the writers featured at the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York City.

Readings and discussions will be held from April 26 to May 2. Others expected to attend include authors Richard Price, Jonathan Lethem and Richard Ford, poet-singer Patti Smith and singer Natalie Merchant.

Represented countries will include South Africa, Pakistan, Australia and Ireland.