PEN Out Loud

Headshots of PEN Out Loud speakers and interlocutors surrounded by assorted shapes and PEN Out Loud logo: Wole Soyinka, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny, and Susan Choi (first row); Pamela Paul, Lauren Oyler, Sandra Cisneros, and Jaime Manrique (second row)

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

This fall, these conversations will explore an imagined Nigeria, political intrigue, the perils of the internet age, and the bonds of friendship to illuminate the breadth of our collective imagination and highlight the role of the written word in our hearts and in our minds. Through its ability to cross borders, encourage creative collaboration, break down language barriers, and reflect on who and where we are, each event this season reminds us of the shared humanity that literature offers all readers.

$20 General Admission*
* Admission with books, signed books, and bookplates available at additional cost.
Note: Wole Soyinka’s PEN Out Loud event is free.

Fall 2021 Events

Presented in collaboration with Strand Book Store and Scripps Presents.

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ASL interpretive services are provided by ProBono ASL.

 

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

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The New York Public Library is an additional partner of PEN Out Loud’s Fall 2021 season.

Past Events

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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