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PEN America Virtual Author’s Evening with Duncan Clark

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Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Time: 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT
Location: Zoom
Donation to Attend: $125 per person

Join us for a special conversation with Duncan Clark on his book, Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built.

A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack Ma is an icon for China’s booming private sector and the gatekeeper to hundreds of millions of middle-class consumers, having founded and built Alibaba into one of the world’s largest companies and an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Clark first met Ma in 1999 in the small apartment where Ma founded Alibaba. Granted unprecedented access to a wealth of new material including exclusive interviews, Clark draws on his own experience as an early advisor to Alibaba and two decades in China chronicling the internet’s impact on the country to create an authoritative, compelling narrative account of Alibaba’s rise. Clark tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before. We are honored to be joined by Clark to discuss his book, the story of Ma, and the future of the evolving relationship between the United States, China, and technology.

A $125 donation is required to attend this very special evening. This donation is considered 100 percent tax-deductible and supports PEN America’s mission to defend writers and free expression at a time of unprecedented need. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.


Space will be limited to 25 guests to facilitate audience participation and discussion. Following your RSVP, you will be sent the Zoom meeting invitation. This is a private video meeting, and only guests who are on the RSVP list will be permitted to join.

Closed captioning is available for our Authors’ Evenings events upon request. Please email [email protected] within 24 hours of the program to include closed captioning.

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