Following Jennifer Egan in the post, the playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar takes up the PEN America presidency in December.
With Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich declining to testify before the State Investigative Committee, Belarusian writers ask for support.
The unrest in Belarus has alarmed humanitarian activists and the European authors’ association, as political pressure mounts in Minsk.
Recognizing his ‘colossal and multi-generational’ impact, English PEN’s Pinter Prize jury honors poet and reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson.
PEN chapters on both sides of the Atlantic are launching new criticism of Donald Trump and a 2019 Pinter Prize laureate in the UK.
PEN International president Jennifer Clement’s fourth novel, ‘Gun Love,’ is focused on the United States’ firearm culture and is set in Florida. At London Book Fair, she focused on that and on challenges in women’s equality.
Citing ‘an optimism that in the face of unimaginable cruelty still believes in change,’ UK-based Angela Gui accepts for her father, Gui Minhai, the International Publishers Association’s Prix Voltaire for courage in the face of attempts to suppress the freedom to publish.
In a turn of events reported by world news media, the Chinese detainee Gui Minhai, a publisher, has said in a videotaped ‘briefing’—which critics say is forced—that he does not want the Prix Voltaire. His daughter denies this is true.
‘We are all writers and use words in ways that can shift and inform society,’ says PEN International’s ‘Make Space’ mission statement. ‘It is time to act.’
In a season when politics can seem especially cartoonish, English PEN looks at the freedom of such expression, as Open Road engages Vistaar to draw a clearer picture of ebook pricing.
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