This past March, short story author Deborah Eisenberg launched a spirited debate about the nature of freed expression following the announcement that the PEN America Center would give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo. Describing herself as a “Jew and athiest,” Eisenberg explained, in no uncertain terms, that while the attack on the French journalists was tragic, their work was not necessarily heroic. Eisenberg brings the same politically impassioned thought to her stories, particularly those in the 1992 collection Under the 82nd Airborne. The impact of Eisenberg’s work has earned her a bevy of awards, among them an O. Henry Award, a MacArthur Grant, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation awards Eisenberg yet again this month, this time with the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. When she reads and accepts the prize, expect more spirited dialogue about the role of open expression in society. Deborah Eisenberg reads at 7 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $25. (202) 898-9063. penfaulkner.org.