Friday, November 13, 2009

PEN American Center:PEN News: November 11, 2009‏


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PEN Calls on President Obama to Stand Up for Free Expression in China
Prior to Barack Obama’s first state visit to China, PEN American Center sent a letter urging the President to intervene on behalf of the more than 40 writers detained because of their work. >> More

Book Groups Support Patriot Act Reform Bill in House
The Campaign for Reader Privacy urged supporters to contact members of the House of Representatives in support of a bill that tightens restrictions on using the Patriot Act to obtain library and bookstore records. >> More


Saturday, Nov. 14:
Freedom to Write

At this year's Miami Book Fair, Francine Prose, Mary Gordon, Ana Menendez, Michael Thomas, and Sam Tanenhaus explore the meaning of censorship and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. >> More

Monday, November 30:
Javier Marías & Paul Auster: A Reading

Upon publication of the English translation of the final volume of his Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, Javier Marías makes his first visit to the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center for a night of readings with Paul Auster. >> More

Wednesday, December 2:
Crossing Over: The 2009 PEN Beyond Margins Celebration

Jane Ciabattari and Brendan Curry join the 2009 Beyond Margins Award winners Uwem Akpan, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Lily Hoang for a night of readings and a panel discussion about the authors' work. >> More


Breakout: Voices from Inside
Listen to Mary Gaitskill, Eric Bogosian, Patricia Smith, and others read award-winning work from PEN’s Prison Writing Program, along with a conversation between Jackson Taylor, Lemon Andersen, and Jamal Joseph. >> More

PEN Video
Visit the web site for video of readings and conversations from recent PEN events, in addition to audio, manuscripts, and photos:

Bearing Witness in Chechnya: The Legacy of Natalia Estemirova
Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the "War on Terror"

Readings from PEN America 11: Make Believe
Listen to excerpts from PEN's award-winning literary journal:

Paul Auster reads poems by Liu Xiaobo
Roxana Robinson reads "Rapture Children" by Sigrid Nunez

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