Saturday, January 23, 2010

PEN News: January 19, 2010‏

American PEN News: January 19, 2010‏

ADVOCACY NEWS

Writers Rally on New Year’s Eve Calling for Release of Liu Xiaobo
E.L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, A.M. Homes, Edward Albee, and dozens of other PEN Members staged a rally on the steps of the New York Public Library to protest the imprisonment of writer Liu Xiaobo:

Video and transcripts of readings and remarks
PEN President Anthony Appiah discussing the case on CNN
The seven sentences for which Liu Xiaobo was convicted

>> TAKE ACTION NOW: Write to Chinese authorities demanding Liu Xiaobo’s release

PEN Actions Improve Prospects for Detained Chinese Writer
Recent PEN actions have prompted better treatment of Zhao Shiying, the Secretary General of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, who was detained on January 14. >> More

Tamil Journalist J. S. Tissainayagam Released on Bail
Tissainayagam, one of PEN’s priority cases, is free pending his appeal of a 20-year prison sentence PEN considers a violation of his right to freedom of expression. >> More


UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, February 8:
Crafting a Career as a Children’s or Young Adult Author—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Distinguished authors Brian Floca, Richard Peck, Jane O’Connor, Marilyn Singer, and David Levithan discuss issues of subject matter, book censorship, access to publishers, and book promotion. >> More

Monday, March 1:
Words and Music: Péter Esterházy and András Schiff
Peter Esterházy, “one of the most interesting and original writers of our time,” reads from his magnum opus Celestial Harmonies, with musical interludes by András Schiff. A conversation with Esterházy follows. >> More


NEW AT PEN.ORG

New Homepage
Visit www.pen.org to see PEN’s new homepage, with featured events, multimedia, and listings from Grants & Awards, along with feeds from Twitter and the PEN Blog. >> More

2009 in Review
The Year in Review Feature, now online, showcases just a few of PEN’s events, publications, and advocacy campaigns from 2009. >> More

Who Will Speak for the Child?
Walter Dean Myers, Deborah Ellis, Uzodinma Iweala, along with legal scholars and advocates, discuss what can be done to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. >> More


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