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PEN at 2015 Brooklyn Book Festival

Get ready, book lovers! PEN is excited to be a Programming Partner for the Tenth Annual Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 20. Over 40 PEN Members are participating in a variety of talks, readings, and special events throughout the day (see below for the full list). We hope to see you there.

Stop by PEN’s Booth #202 to hear about PEN’s recent campaigns in Mexico, Nigeria, and Azerbaijan, learn about our Writers in the School and Prison Writing Mentoring programs, and speak with staff about our special upcoming Banned Books Week feature. Copies of our chapbooks and the PEN America journal will also be on sale.

SPECIAL OFFER*: Renew your membership in person or sign up to become a new Member and you’ll receive a 20% discount on your annual dues. Students get 50% off.

This year PEN will host two panel discussions at the Brooklyn Book Festival:

PEN’s Children’s and Young Adult Committee Presents: The Words Your Children Cannot Read


The past year has seen a remarkable rise in the number of books challenged as being inappropriate reading for children and young adults. Across America, critics have tried to remove books from library shelves and school reading lists-books that deal with aspects of life that they think your kids shouldn’t know. Bestselling and critically acclaimed authors Matt de La PeñaLibba BrayRobie Harris, and Christopher Myers will read the words that some people say are unfit for children. Come and judge for yourself if they contain ideas too dangerous for today’s youth.


Translating Books for Youth presented by the PEN American Center


A discussion about the importance of bringing books from non-English speaking countries to young readers and some of the key issues faced in translating children’s and young adult books. Join children’s book publisher Claudia Zoe Bedrick, Publisher, Enchanted Lion Books; Julia Heim, translator, from Italian to English; Mara Lethem, translator, Spanish and Catalan to English; Lyn Miller-Lachmann, translator, Portuguese and Spanish to English and Alex Zucker, co-chair, PEN Translation Committee.


Don’t miss these other PEN events, part of the Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends series happening September 14-18:

Monday, September 14, 2015, 7:00pm, Brooklyn Book Festival Opening Night Party

Wednesday, September 16, Unslain Words: Solidarity for Bangladesh

Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:30pm, BreakBeat Poets Co-Sponsored by PEN American, Bronx Museum & Mosaic Magazine 

Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:30pm, PEN Translation Presents: Expressive Expedients


PEN Members participating in this year’s Festival include:

Naja Marie Aidt

Russell Banks

Kate Bolick

Edwidge Danticat

Bridgett Davis

Mark Doten
Geoff Dyer
Andrew Ervin

Nick Flynn

Jonathan Galassi
Rivka Galchen
Adam Gidwitz

Vivian Gornick
Chris Grabenstein

Lauren Groff
Pete Hamill

Robie Harris

A.M. Homes

Marie Howe
Mitchell Jackson

Marlon James

T. Geronimo Johnson

Saeed Jones

Porochista Khakpour

Brendan Kiely

Owen King

Phil Klay
Alexandra Kleeman
Dennis Lehane

Phillip Lopate

Thomas Page McBee
Terry McMillan

Lincoln Michel

Stewart O’Nan

Joyce Carol Oates

Chinelo Okparanta

Dael Orlandersmith

Gregory Pardlo
Helen Phillips

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Francine Prose

Kirstin Valdez Quade

Ted Rall

Roxana Robinson

Salman Rushdie

Luc Sante

Esmeralda Santiago
Taiye Selasi

Joel Simon

Mona Simpson
Asali Solomon

David Ulin

Laura van den Berg
*If you are unable to attend, you can take part in this offer by emailing membership@pen.org

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