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MONTHLY FEATURE

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

He texts Cole a message: “Moses was once a basket case.” [More]

Poems
by Liu Xiaobo

as the wind blows past / the night / uses its own blood / to write a secret verse [More]

Dancing Day I, Dancing Day II
by Marie Ponsot

Plenty more lost selves keep arriving, some / we weren’t waiting for. [More]

Fabrications
Richard Ford talks with Nam Le

Why is it that every single apprehension of some great historical incident or atrocity has to come through the story of this guy or that guy... [More]

PEN NEWS

PEN Mourns the Passing of Trustee Barbara Juliette Thompson Davis


John Ralson Saul Elected President of International PEN
 

COMING UP

Monday, November 30:
Javier Marías & Paul Auster: A Reading



Wednesday, December 2:
Crossing Over: The 2009 PEN Beyond Margins Celebration



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FEATURED MULTIMEDIA

AUDIO & READINGS

Mary Gaitskill Reads Diary Entry by Beverly Jaynes

Eric Bogosian Reads from “LIVE! From Texas Death Row!” by Christopher Best

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AUDIO, VIDEO & READINGS

Bearing Witness in Chechnya: The Legacy of Natalia Estemirova

Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the “War on Terror”

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PEN MEMBER BLOGS
 
Christian Nation
Posted by: Robert Flynn
 
Writing Outside of Paradise
Posted by: Elise Blackwell
 
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ADVOCACY NEWS

reader privacy11/11/09: Book Groups Support Patriot Act Reform Bill in House



11/9/09: PEN Calls on President Obama to Stand Up for Free Expression in China

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