leclezio.jpg2008 Nobel Prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio was a surprise addition to the PEN World Voices line-up this morning.

The author will join four other French authors in the festival. Le Clezio has produced 30 novels, and the Nobel judges called him an “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.”

You can buy tickets here. Here’s the announcement, via Twitter. Official links and ticket info to follow this afternoon: “We’ve just a few minutes ago confirmed Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio for a special pre-World Voices Festival event. Friday April 24 at 8pm in conversation with Adam Gopnik at the 92nd St Y.”