PEN Out Loud

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PEN Out Loud focuses on amplifying diverse voices and convening vital conversations with authors, poets, journalists, artists, and activists.

This winter, these conversations will explore the enduring power of love between two enslaved men, consider the relationship between memory and community, examine customs of the nation-state, and critique the values of assimilation in favor of celebrating the uniqueness of the individual. Each conversation this season asks us to reconsider the history we have been taught, remember the truth of the present, and reimagine possibilities for the future.

$15 General Admission*
* Admission with books, signed books, and bookplates available at additional cost.
Note: Julissa Arce’s and Solmaz Sharif’s PEN Out Loud events are free.

Winter 2022 Events

Presented in collaboration with Strand Book Store and Scripps Presents.

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ASL interpretive services are provided by ProBono ASL.

 

Programs are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is an additional partner of PEN Out Loud’s Winter 2022 season.

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Past Events

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PEN Out Loud: Lest We Forget

This December, join PEN America and the Strand Book Store as we embark on a retrospective of 2018 through the eyes of some of our most talented authors. More

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PEN Out Loud: Visual Disobedience

This November, PEN America and the Strand Book Store present graphic novelists in conversation to discuss the ways they use art, cartoons, and statistics to contribute to national conversations… More

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PEN Out Loud: Writing the Future

This October, PEN America and the Strand Book Store present an unmissable panel of young adult authors who are inspiring our next generation of literary activists. More

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PEN Out Loud: Dear America

This September, join PEN America in partnership with the Strand Book Store as we present Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas for the launch of his riveting and deeply… More

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PEN Out Loud: The 2018 Literary Awards Salon

This June, PEN Literary Awards finalists Hari Kunzru, Victor LaValle, Nicole Sealey, and Hannah Lillith Assadi will join us to read from their work, and bring a glimpse of… More

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PEN Out Loud: Writing War

In May's PEN Out Loud event, Alexis Okeowo and Molly Crabapple help us ask and answer tough questions on the politics of turning conflict into story by showing us… More

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PEN Out Loud: Freedom, Power, and Rage

This April, join Black feminist, academic, author, and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, Dr. Brittney Cooper, along with writer, activist, and editor Darnell L. Moore, as they break… More

PEN Out Loud: The Opposite of Hate

We are living through one of the most divisive periods in American history, with hate-filled rhetoric fueling disagreements on a wide range of issues. How do we begin to… More

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PEN Out Loud: Reimagining A Wrinkle in Time

To mark the release of Ava DuVernay’s bold new adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, we will celebrate unconventional literary heroes with readings from Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel and… More

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PEN Out Loud: Reclaiming Our Time

PEN America and Strand Book Store present a feminist retrospective of the year, featuring Carmen Maria Machado, Min Jin Lee, and Morgan Jerkins. More

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PEN Out Loud: Madness and Mania

An intimate poetry reading with award-winning authors sam sax and Jeanann Verlee, whose works navigate themes of mental health and the often obscured line between self-hate and self-love. More

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PEN Out Loud: Boundaries and Borders

Authors Daniel José Older and Idra Novey join PEN America and Strand Book Store for a conversation on Latinx narratives and boundaries and borders in the current political climate. More

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PEN Out Loud: I Write Banned Books

In celebration and defiance during Banned Books Week 2017, PEN America in partnership with Strand Books invites authors whose books have been banned or challenged because of their cover… More

Reading Lists

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Diaspora and Migration: A Reading List

17 books that catalyze discussion on the struggles of diaspora and migration, elevating the reader’s understanding of one of today’s most pertinent issues. More

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Pushing Past Constraints: A Reading List

A reading list compiled in anticipation of February’s PEN Out Loud event with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Isaac Fitzgerald to discuss Friday Black. More

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Lest We Forget: A Reading List

In celebration of PEN Out Loud: Lest We Forget, a 2018 retrospective, PEN America and Strand Book Store have developed the following reading list. More

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Visual Disobedience: A Reading List

In celebration of PEN Out Loud: Visual Disobedience, PEN America and Strand Book Store have developed the following reading list. More

Writing the Future: A Reading List

A young adult recommended reading list curated for PEN Out Loud: Writing the Future, presented by PEN America and the Strand Book Store. More

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Dear America: A Reading List

A reading list for PEN Out Loud: Dear America, an event with Jose Antonio Vargas on the burden of undocumented immigrants’ mental health in America.  More

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Writing War: A Reading List

Molly Crabapple, co-author and illustrator of Marwan Hisham’s latest memoir, Brother of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War and Alexis Okeowo, author of A Moonless Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and… More

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Freedom, Power, and Rage: A Reading List

How can we channel our freedom, power, and rage to create change in the world? The following PEN America book list is an excellent place to start. More

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The Opposite of Hate: A Reading List

We are living through one of the most divisive periods in American history, with hate-filled rhetoric fueling disagreements on a wide range of issues — from LGBTQ rights to immigration policy… More

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Reimagining A Wrinkle In Time: A Reading List

Little girls in glasses have showed us how to save the world from darkness for years. The journeys they take as they come into their power showcase their everyday… More

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Reclaiming Our Time: A Reading List

A feminist reading list in celebration of next week's PEN Out Loud event: Reclaiming Our Time, a feminist retrospective featuring Carmen Maria Machado, Min Jin Lee, and Morgan Jerkins… More

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Madness and Mania: A Reading List

PEN America and Strand Book Store present a reading list on "Madness and Mania" in celebration of tonight's PEN Out Loud event featuring an intimate poetry reading with sam… More

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Boundaries and Borders: A Reading List

In celebration of PEN Out Loud: Boundaries and Borders, PEN America and the Strand Book Store created a comprehensive book list of Latinx authors who have impacted and shaped… More

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I Write Banned Books: A Reading List

Banned Books Week is September 24–30, and as well as enthusiastically celebrating the banned books that have shaped us, we take this time to highlight the censorship that still… More

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