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PEN News: November 12, 2010‏

PEN News: November 12, 2010‏

PEN Monthly News


PEN Writers' Roundtable: Kamy Wicoff

Join us on November 17 for a discussion with Kamy Wicoff, founder of the women's writing community

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New Members/New Books/New Date

PEN's 2010 New Members/New Books Party has been moved to mid-January. More information to follow.

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The PEN Writers' Emergency Fund supports writers in acute, emergency financial crisis, offering grants of up to $2,000.

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Advocacy News

PEN American Center President Anthony Appiah Testifies Before Congress on Liu Xiaobo

At a hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Appiah criticized the Chinese government's attempts to censor information about the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo and urged the international community to join in demanding his release. >> More

China Increases Pressure on Independent
Chinese PEN Center Members

As part of a campaign to limit information about the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, two ICPC members were harassed in recent days, one of them the center's webmaster. ICPC's web site has gone dark, reportedly as a result of a cyberattack. >> More

Literary Awards News

The 2011 PEN Literary Awards are now open to submissions and nominations in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, translation, editing, biography, sports writing, and science writing. See individual awards for more details. >> More

PEN Revives $5,000 Essay Award

PEN American Center has revived the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, first created in 1991 and on hiatus since 2005. The next award will be given in 2011. >> More

Harrison Ford and E.O. Wilson Join With PEN to Create New Literary Award

Acclaimed naturalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Edward O. Wilson and actor and conservationist Harrison Ford have joined with PEN to create the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing.
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New at PEN

PEN America 13: Lovers

Who is dear to you? PEN America 13: Lovers features short fiction by Don DeLillo, new poetry by John Ashbery and Marilyn Hacker, a conversation between Patti Smith and Jonathan Lethem, and much more, including a forum on literary love with John Barth, Jessica Hagedorn, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. >> More

Online Translation Slam

In the latest installment of PEN's Online Translation Slam, featuring two "competing" translations of a single work, David Gramling and Kristin Dickinson took on "İnsan Aklının İlk İsaretleri: Burçlar, Kitabeler," a poem by Turkish poet Bejan Matur. >> More

Breakout: Voices from Inside

Talib Kweli, Junot Diaz, Lisa Dierbeck, Wahida Clark, Sean Dalpiaz, and Wally Lamb read award-winning selections from the PEN Prison Writing Contest at its Third Annual Fundraiser and Raffle. Also, Jackson Taylor moderates a discussion between Wally Lamb, Barbara Parsons, and Wahida Clark about writing behind bars. >> More

State of Emergency:
Censorship by Bullet in Mexico

Renowned Mexican and American journalists and authors come together for an evening of readings and conversation to call attention to the silencing of Mexican journalists trying to investigate drug-related violence in their country, especially on the U.S./Mexico border. >> More

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