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2020 PEN America Gala

Table backdrop with the following words in front: “PEN America Gala: Tuesday, December 8, 2020”

The PEN America Gala will merge our annual New York Literary Gala and Los Angeles LitFest Gala into one national, virtual celebration on December 8. Our digital program will be a crucial moment for our community to stand together in recognition of our deserving Honorees and to fortify our mission at a time of extraordinary needs and demands.

Registration is free and open to the public. 

6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT: VIP Virtual Reception
7:00pm–8:00pm ET / 4:00pm–5:00pm PT: Gala Livestream

Audible is offering one free credit good for any one title available on Audible to all registrants for the 2020 virtual gala! To get your free credit, simply register for the virtual gala, and a follow-up email will be sent to you with redemption details.

Audible, Inc. is a proud sponsor of PEN America’s Literary Service Award, presented this year to writer and performer Patti Smith.

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