Sunday, May 16, 2010

PEN News: May 13, 2010‏


PEN Announces t
he Inaugural PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

The award was established to honor the best nonfiction books about sports. Submissions are being accepted through June 15. >> More


Stop by the PEN table at this year’s BookExpo America in New York, taking place May 25–May 27.

If you are planning to attend, please let us know by contacting Nick Burd at



Imprisoned Burmese Blogger Nay Phone Latt Honored
Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, and Patti Smith were among the more than 500 PEN supporters joining PEN American Center in honoring Nay Phone Latt, one of Burma’s leading bloggers, with the 2010 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. >> More

Uighur PEN Member Ilham Tohti Barred From Leaving China
Economist, writer, and Uighur PEN Member Ilham Tohti was prevented by the Chinese government from attending an international conference in Turkey. Tohti had previously been detained on four occasions for his peaceful activities. >> More


The Sixth Annual 2010 PEN World Voices Festival
Another exciting week-long celebration of books and writing has wrapped. The Festival featured 150 writers, 40 countries, and more than 50 events. Highlights include:

War (video)
With Deborah Amos, Philip Gourevitch, Arnon Grunberg, Sebastian Junger, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, and Sarah Montague; introduced by Steven Isenberg

Utopia and Dystopia: Geographies of the Possible (video)
With Inga Kuznetsova, Jonathan Lethem, Eshkol Nevo, and Andrzej Stasiuk; moderated by Albert Mobilio

Weather Report: What Can We Do? (video)
With Jostein Gaarder, James Hansen, Frederic Hauge, Bjørn Lomborg, Bill McKibben, Andrew Revkin, and Cynthia Rosenzweig; moderated by Robert Silvers

Visit PEN’s Festival multimedia archive for video, audio, and photos from this year’s events, with more to come.

PEN America 12: Correspondences
The latest issue of PEN America presents e-mail exchanges, letters, telegrams, epistolary fiction, and much more. Sam Lipsyte sends a note to Barry Hannah, Anne Carson searches letters from a lost brother, and Robert Walser writes behind the walls of a sanitarium. >> More
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