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In Praise of Blasphemy

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.30.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

American friends, especially PEN Club writers, please read, right now, Caroline Fourest's new book, Eloge du blasphème (In Praise of Blasphemy, Grasset 2015), if you wish to understand.

Optimism in Check, Nihilism at Bay

Paul Rome | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Rome

I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to explore and develop my ideas without fear of punishment or jail time.

Sharing Your Truth

PEN American Center | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
PEN American Center

Do people need protecting from art? I don't think so. Art starts a dialogue with those who come into contact with it. It doesn't attack you or force you to see things from its perspective.

PEN Announces Awards Shortlists

Posted 07.11.2013 | Books

The shortlists for PEN American Center's literary awards have just been revealed, in various diverse areas of literature. “We are proud that PEN...

Surveillance and International Law

PEN American Center | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
PEN American Center

There is schadenfreude in this (how rich a moment for Russia and China, long the targets of U.S. criticism on digital freedoms!). But there is also a widely-held sense that the U.S. is operating outside of the legal frameworks and moral principles it espouses at home and internationally.

PEN Gala: Philip Roth Receives 'Literary Service' Award

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books

Philip Roth's latest honor was as much for what he has done for other writers as for his own work. Roth received the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Se...

Princeton Scholar Re-elected As PEN President

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

NEW YORK — Author-scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah has been elected to a second one-year term as president of the PEN American Center. In a stateme...

Writer Liu Xiaobo Release from China Demanded By Congress

PEN American Center | Larry Siems | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

New York City, October 2, 2009--Calling yesterday's near-unanimous vote approving a Congressional resolution demanding the immediate release of critic...