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[VIRTUAL] Live Talks LA: Suzanne Nossel in Conversation with Jennifer Egan

Dare to Speak Virtual Book Tour: July–August 2020

Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, shares Dare to Speak, her playbook for navigating and defending free speech today, for paving a pathway that promotes free expression while also cultivating a more inclusive public culture.

Online trolls and fascist chat groups. Controversies over campus lectures. Cancel culture versus censorship. The daily hazards and debates surrounding free speech dominate headlines and fuel social media storms. In an era where one tweet can launch—or end—your career, and where free speech is often invoked as a principle but rarely understood, learning to maneuver the fast-changing, treacherous landscape of public discourse has never been more urgent.

Nossel will be in conversation with PEN America President and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan.


The event is free to register to watch, and you can purchase a signed book when you RSVP. $34 includes a signed book (shipping included). Books ship the week of August 3.

Suzanne NosselSuzanne Nossel is the CEO of PEN America, the foremost organization working to protect and advance human rights, free expression and literature. As CEO, Nossel has led campaigns for free expression in Hong Kong and China, Myanmar, Russia, Eurasia, and the United States. Her career has spanned government service and leadership roles in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Nossel has also served as the chief operating officer of Human Rights Watch and as executive director of Amnesty International USA; and held senior State Department positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Nossel frequently writes op-eds for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications, as well as a regular column for Foreign Policy.

Jennifer Egan HeadshotJennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by TIME Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and several others. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in The New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is the president of PEN America.

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