Thursday, June 17, 2010

PEN News: June 16, 2010‏

PEN News: June 16, 2010


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Liu Xiaobo Transferred to Remote Prison in Liaoning Province
Liu Xiaobo, a former president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center who is serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power,” was moved from a detention center in Beijing to Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning, more than three months after his appeal was rejected. >> More

Burmese Poet Saw Wei Released from Prison
Saw Wei was freed nearly five months after his sentence expired and two and a half years after he was sent to prison for “inducing crime against public tranquility” for one of his poems. >> More

Poet and Belarusian PEN President Vladimir Neklyayev Detained
Vladimir Neklyayev, president of the Belarusian PEN Center and leader of the civil society organization “Speak the Truth,” was detained during a coordinated series of raids across Belarus. >> More


Literary Feature: 2010 Prison Writing Contest
Every year, the PEN Prison Writing Program recognizes the work of writers imprisoned throughout the country. Exiled from our schools and society, inmates submit manuscripts in every form to one of the only forums of public expression for incarcerated writers. >> More

Robert Lipsyte, Tim O’Brien, and Susan Orlean to Judge Inaugural PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
The PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing was established to honor the best nonfiction books about sports. Biographical, investigative, historical, and analytical books of a strong and distinctive literary character will all be considered. >> More

2010 PEN World Voices Festival Conversations and Panel Discussions
This year’s Festival featured over 40 conversations and discussions with acclaimed authors from around the world, including:

Writing Inside, Writing Outside
Anthony Cardenales, Piper Kerman, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc discuss the polarities of documenting and living the prison experience.

Iran: A Conversation with Maziar Bahari and Jason Jones
Maziar Bahari and The Daily Show’s Jason Jones reunite to talk about this tumultuous year in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Shirley Hazzard in Conversation with Richard Ford
Two modern-day masters discuss the grand themes—“time, love, the coming around of inexorable events.”

Visit PEN’s Festival multimedia archive for complete video, audio, and photos from this year’s events.

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