Ideas Calendar: April 23-29

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  • Posted on April 22, 2011


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    Neil Gaiman will appear in New York. Above, Michelle Pfeiffer in the 2007 film of his book ‘Stardust.’

    PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE

    Celebrated writers (including Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell, Harold Bloom and Ian Buruma) pepper the panels; this six-day fest will include a fashion show of literary T-shirts and a “translation slam” pitting various versions against one another. New York, various venues. Starts Monday. Event tickets up to $30. pen.org.

    WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON LATIN AMERICA

    The organization’s regional meetings are local versions of the famous January meeting in Switzerland. Topics in this Wednesday-Friday meeting in Rio de Janeiro range from human rights to cloud computing. weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-latin-america-2011. Plenary sessions webcast: wef.ch/live

    KARL ROVE AND HOWARD DEAN, PRESENTED BY ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

    Mr. Rove, George W. Bush’s former adviser and deputy chief of staff, and Mr. Dean, former Vermont governor, Democratic National Committee chairman and 2004 presidential hopeful, each will speak and then respond to each other’s talk. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. www.pittsburghspeakerseries.org/1011.

    SELECTED SHORTS: NEIL GAIMAN

    The author of the novels “Stardust” and “Coraline” (both made into recent movies) and the comic-book series “The Sandman” hosts and reads (with others) in an evening of haunting tales from around the world. 7 p.m. Wednesday at New York’s Symphony Space. $27, $15 for those age 30 and under. symphonyspace.org.

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