They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but in the case of the PEN American Center, which is turning 90, that’s simply not true. At this year’s PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the organization dedicated to protecting free expression is exploring new and creative ways to engage audiences with the written word. Expect unique collaborations between selected writers and performing artists including the Kronos Quartet, Elevator Repair Service, and Processional Arts Workshop (which will host puppetry workshops on the High Line). Of course, there will still be plenty of great literary discussions and readings all week. Highlights include tonight’s tribute to the late Christopher Hitchens and Friday’s lecture by Pulitzer winner Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad) on “how to create your own rules.”

Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: April 30. Continues through May 6, 2012