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2021 PEN America Literary Gala

Photo from 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in background; on top: “PEN America Literary Gala. Tuesday, October 5, 2021”

The annual PEN America Literary Gala is a highlight of the New York literary and social calendars, with over 800 guests and an exceptional group of leading writers who sit among them as Literary Hosts. Every year, it is an inspiring, exhilarating, moving event; we promise an unforgettable evening, and it never falls short. The proceeds from this dinner are crucial to PEN America’s dynamic cultural programming and critical advocacy work on behalf of free expression.

In December of 2020, we held a virtual gala with more than 18,000 supporters watching an illustrious lineup of honorees and special guests, including President Barack Obama. This year, we hope to once again celebrate together in person, under the whale at the American Museum of Natural History. We are monitoring COVID protocols and working closely with the museum in order to ensure a safe, inspiring evening. Invited guests who choose to attend the PEN America Literary Gala on October 5, 2021 will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.

For more information, read PEN America’s full guidelines on health and safety measures for the gala.

6:00pm: VIP Reception | 6:30pm: Cocktail Reception | 7:30pm: Dinner & Awards


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