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MONTHLY FEATURE
2008 WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL

Ian McEwan on greed, global warming, and human nature

Umberto Eco, Salman Rushdie, and Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation wih Leonard Lopate

READINGS

Writers, Visible and Invisible
by Cynthia Ozick

To begin with, writers are hidden beings—you have never actually met one. [More]

Conrad Loomis & the Clothes Ray
by Amiri Baraka

Loomis was an old friend of mine. I kept in touch with him more or less regularly, but every few months he would vanish, so to speak. [More]

Myth Milk
by Etgar Keret

They shot him like a dog, and me they slapped. [More]

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PEN NEWS

January 26, 2009:
NBCC Honors PEN with Lifetime Achievement Award


The Ivan Sandrof Life Achievement Award recognizes long-standing and outstanding dedication to book culture. [More]

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 10:
Crossing Cultures, Changing Skins: Writing Across Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Culture

With: Helen Benedict, Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Fatima Shaik, Cheryl Willis Hudson

February 24:
A Benefit for PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers

With: André Aciman, Edward Albee, Anthony Appiah, Lydia Davis, Deborah Eisenberg, Janet Malcolm, Francine Prose, Sarah Ruhl and more

PEN MEMBERS SPEAK OUT

Let America Be America Again
Nikki Giovanni reads Langston Hughes


American Sublime
by Elizabeth Alexander

FEATURED BLOGS
 
Ghana Journal: Mariska Taylor-Darko
Posted by: Laban Carrick Hill
 
China Diary: Sept. 18-19, 2008
Posted by: Patricia Laurence
 
Learning to Speak, Part Seven
Posted by: Molly McQuade
 
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ADVOCACY NEWS

January 22, 2009:
Writers Hail Executive Orders Ending Torture and Illegal Detention


January 20, 2009:
World Authors Call on Chinese Authorities to Release Writer Liu Xiaobo


>> More advocacy news

RESTORING RIGHTS: THE WAY FORWARD
Elisa Massimino on Torture: The Writer's Role and Reclaiming Language

MORE VIDEOS
Anouar Benmalek on torture and humanity
Jane Mayer on documenting crimes and conscience

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