Event Series

PEN America hosts several ongoing event series as part of its public programming. For the full events calendar, please click here.

Monthly Events

PEN America’s online book club, Read the Resistance, highlights written works of and about acts of resistance. Each month, a renowned contemporary author will select a book that exemplifies resistance to them. Throughout the month, readers can discuss the text on Facebook where we’ll host a live conversation for readers to engage with the recommending authors. 

Our Los Angeles Book Club meets monthly at The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. All meetings are free and open to the public and feature signature cocktails inspired by our monthly pick, a lively conversation with a special host, and the occasional guest author.

PEN Out Loud is a year-round series presented by PEN America and the Strand Book Store. This series amplifies diverse voices and convenes vital conversations on the issues of the day with authors, poets, journalists, and activists.

PEN Presents celebrates the power of words to inform, entertain, inspire, and foster a vital literary culture. These events include a reading, conversation, and more.

Seasonal Events

This fall, PEN America will convene a series of vital conversations to confront the historical context of contemporary literature and social issues. These events offer audiences an opportunity to hear from writers, journalists, activists, and other influencers who are informing public opinion and empowering citizens. Join the conversation here.

This fall, PEN America will convene a series of vital conversations on some of the most pressing social issues of the day: #MeToo, mass incarceration, immigration, authoritarianism, and more. These events offer audiences an opportunity to hear from writers, journalists, activists and other influencers who are informing public opinion and empowering citizens, especially in the lead up to the midterm elections. Join the conversation here.