PEN America’s annual raft of awards honors both single titles and bodies of work, is worth nearly US$350,000. Among this year’s winners are Edmund White, Edna O’Brien, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
The PEN America competition program includes eight prizes, and one of the most highly visible is the translation honor. Others include literary science writing, biography, literary sports writing, work by authors of color and more.
‘Never have the voices of writers and their allies been so essential,’ says the leadership of the merging Los Angeles and New York City chapters of PEN. And one of the most robust lifestyle-and-wellness publishers in the States is now part of PRH.
As the young UK-based charity crowdfunds its Bangladesh books initiatives, PEN America has material dating to 1966 in its newly launched digital archive.
Publishers’ responsibilities with ‘controversial authors professing what seem to be unpopular opinion’ at BEA, while Brussels gets some perspective on VAT.
‘Unjustly jailed’ in Russia ‘for nothing other than the expression of his views,’ Oleg Sentsov is the newest recipient of the influential PEN/Barbey honor.
In the UK, the PA opens its ‘Textbook Challenge’ to the educational community, while in the States, PRH backs its people’s PEN memberships.
PEN America’s new report asserts that ‘diverse books’ frequently are the first to be yanked when it comes to book challenges and ‘soft censorship.’
In September, kickoffs will occur in New York, one for a new showcase of writers on Muslim identity, and the other for Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2016 Guest of Honor program featuring Flanders and The Netherlands.
PEN’s ‘welcome counterbalance to rampant xenophobia’ and a new look for future developments at Open Road Integrated Media.