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PEN America Virtual Author’s Evening with Senator Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth headshot and "Every Day Is a Gift" book coverDate: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Time: 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Location: Zoom
Donation to Attend: $125 per person

Join PEN America for an intimate evening with Senator Tammy Duckworth, a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has served as the junior United States Senator for Illinois since 2017, for a discussion of her new memoir, Every Day is a Gift. This event is generously sponsored by Alan Jones and Craig Newmark.

In Every Day is a Gift, Duckworth recalls the journey she took from escaping hunger and homelessness as a teenager in Hawaii to becoming the first woman with a disability in the halls of Congress. In 2004, while serving in Iraq, Duckworth’s helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, and in the resulting explosion she lost her legs and badly mangled her right arm. Nearly 10 years later, after her recovery and two terms as a U.S. representative, she won election to the U.S. Senate. With a breezy candor that is, by turns, intimate and assertive, Duckworth offers an affecting account of a life of sacrifice, patriotism, valor, integrity, and grace. We are honored to be joined by Duckworth to discuss her memoir and her life of service, in and out of Congress.

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.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact [email protected].

To make the required donation online, please click the button above. PEN America also accepts donations through checks, wire transfers, and donor-advised funds. Please indicate in the notes or memo section that the payment is an “Author’s Evening donation,” and if possible, include the name of the event. PEN America’s mailing address and transfer information are below.

Please make checks payable to:
PEN America
Attn: Development Department/AE
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012

Electronic Transfer
Account name: PEN American Center Inc.
Routing code: 021000021
Account number: 616368556
Bank: JPMorgan Chase, New York, NY 10012

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