• PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS SUBMISSIONS

    If your book has a US release, it can be entered. Submissions for the 2022 PEN America Literary Awards will be accepted from June 1, 2021 through August 1, 2021. SUBMIT HERE Please be sure to carefully follow the below instructions before submitting: All submitted books must be published by a trade or academic publisher […]

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  • Richard Flanagan gives the Arthur Miller Lecture at the 2021 PEN World Voices Festival May 23

    Arthur Miller Lecture: Richard Flanagan by PEN America Follow $30 US This event is part of the 2021 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Visit pen.org/festival to learn more and get tickets for other events. FLASH SALE EXTENDED: For a limited time only, enter the code FLASH21WVF at checkout to receive 25 percent off. PEN America Members get a […]

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  • A Reflection on 18 months as NZSA President: “A call-out to all writers: come gather round, we need your support . . . “

    BY MANDY HAGER    MAY 4, 2021     I’ve been a member of NZSA for around 30 years, joining before I published my first book, filled with pride when I could transition from ‘associate’ to ‘full’ membership. Although health and time constraints have meant I’ve rarely attended branch meetings or events, I’ve always read the […]

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  • No Excuse for Abuse – on line harrassment

    Introduction   Online abuse—from violent threats and hateful slurs to sexual harassment, impersonation, and doxing—is a pervasive and growing problem.1 Nearly half of Americans report having experienced it,2 and two-thirds say they have witnessed it.3 But not everyone is subjected to the same degree of harassment. Certain groups are disproportionately targeted for their identity and profession. Because […]

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  • Get your tickets for the PEN 2021 World Voices Festival now

    Tickets for PEN America’s 2021 World Voices Festival are available now!  This year’s Festival, Power to the People, will draw together virtual audiences from around the world for a series of more than 20 events across five days. BUY TICKETS NOW Flash Sale: April 26 – May 2 – use code FLASH21WVF for 25% off The […]

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  • 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Career Achievement Winners 

    Today, we announce the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Career Achievement Winners.   This year’s honorees are Anne Carson, Kwame Dawes, Daniel Alexander Jones, Pierre Joris, and George C. Wolfe. As part of its Literary Awards program, PEN America annually honors distinct, lifelong contributors to literary and artistic excellence, selected by panels of independent, dedicated […]

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  • PEN AMERICA SETTLES LANDMARK FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT

      PEN AMERICA SETTLES LANDMARK FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT; PRECEDENT SHIELDS REPORTERS FROM RETALIATION BY A SITTING PRESIDENT   Settlement agreement entered today affirms basis of PEN America’s challenge on behalf of its journalist Members who were threatened and retaliated against by President Trump. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2021 (New York, NY) […]

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  • ANNOUNCING THE 2021 PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS FINALISTS

    PEN America is honored to announce the finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards. Each year, our Literary Awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, translators, and critics from diverse backgrounds and around the globe. Collectively, our dedicated judges read over 1,850 books this cycle in their commitment to recognizing literary […]

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  • PEN AMERICA: FAQs on free speech and the Capitol Hill insurrection

    Last week’s lawless insurrection on Capitol Hill raised a series of questions about free speech, the First Amendment, and protest rights. Should presidents be banned from Twitter and Facebook? Should tech companies refuse to host social networks sites like Parler? What defines “hate speech” and “incitement”?   This statement was originally published on pen.org on 11 January […]

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  • Book Aid International’s Year of 2020: 867,567 Books sent to refugee camps in 19 Countries

    HOME Read Publishing Perspectives here January 13, 2021 By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Solar lamps as well as hundreds of thousands of books were in play in 2020 as Book Aid International’s logistics team and donor-publishers got books to refugee camps as well as libraries.   Eunice Eyi Dotse, a student in Ghana, studies with […]

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  • Barack Obama receives PEN America Voice of Influence Award 2020

    Barack Obama and the Freedom to Write   PEN America’s Virtual Gala this week was a celebration of the power of words. As part of the ceremony, President Barack Obama received the PEN America Voice of Influence Award for “the power of his soaring words, the promises he has unlocked in our nation, and the […]

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  • Exhibition exploring online misinformation to tour NZ

    Tohatoha and InternetNZ to bring ‘The Glass Room’ to Kiwi schools and libraries  A globally successful public exhibition that explores how social media and the Internet have changed the way we interact with information online is set to visit New Zealand for the first time, with support from Tohatoha and InternetNZ. Called The Glass Room: […]

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