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What do you believe? PEN America 11: Make Believe examines—through fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and conversations—the question of belief in all (or many) of its forms.

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FORUM: MAKE BELIEVE

Tell us what you believe about books, or describe a book you wish existed.

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READINGS

Rapture Children
by Sigrid Nunez

Some kids declared themselves raptures and would do almost anything—including lie through their teeth—to prove it. [More]

The Call
by Khaled al-Berry

My face burned, my whole body apparently bursting into flame, just as every atom of the air around me had taken fire at one go. [More]

Father Chinedu
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

He looked at me and said that if I ever captured God, then God would no longer be God. [More]

What God Gave Me
by Cynthia Cruz

Spurs, skulls, crossbones, and the white / fox of death, stuffed with ripped twenty / dollar bills marked counterfeit. [More]

Must Believe
Albert Mobilio talks with Benjamin Anastas, Nadeem Aslam, Brian Evenson, and Jan Kjærstad

Novelists may be heretics from belief, but if you’re a believer, you’re a heretic from reality. [More]

PEN MEMBERS SPEAK OUT

Russia's War on Words
by PEN President K. Anthony Appiah


On Its 60th Anniversary,
China Is Still Crushing Freedom

by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

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FEATURED MULTIMEDIA

AUDIO, VIDEO & READINGS

A.M. Homes and Jack Rice Read from an Interrogation Log

Ishmael Beah Reads from the Sworn Statement of Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld

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VIDEO

Liu Xiaobo Discusses Freedom of Expression in China

Iran: A Conversation About the Elections, Protest, and the Future


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PEN MEMBER BLOGS
 
My People
Posted by: Masha Hamilton
 
A Story on Sunday's Bombing in Iraq
Posted by: Deji Olukotun
 
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ADVOCACY NEWS

reader privacy10/22/09: Book Groups Praise Reader Privacy Protections in House Patriot Act Bill

maziar10/19/09: Writers Welcome Release of Maziar Bahari from Prison in Iran


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CAMPAIGN FOR CORE FREEDOMS


Why PEN Is Challenging the FISA   Amendments Act

Programs that allow governments to spy on their own citizens are often directed against writers and intellectuals... [More]

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