2013 PEN Literary Gala

Philip Roth will be presented with the PEN Literary Service Award. Mr. Roth will reflect on his lifetime of literary endeavor and his personal involvement in promoting freedom and democracy in Eastern Europe. The PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award will also be conferred on an imprisoned writer who faces an immediate threat. A remarkable 34 out of the past 38 recipients of this award have gained their freedom in large part due to the publicity generated by this award. The PEN Gala is a unique social event where distinguished American and international writers host more than 500 guests who support PEN’s work securing the liberty of imprisoned writers of conscience worldwide, defending freedom of expression wherever it is threatened, and promoting literature and international cultural exchange.


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