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PEN Young Patrons: A Night at the Book Fair

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A Night at the Book Fair, a PEN America Young Patrons Event, will be held on Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., at Scholastic’s iconic headquarters in Soho. A Night at the Book Fair will pay homage to Scholastic’s famous book fair and will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, celebrated writers, silent auction, free books, childhood nostalgia and a luminous rooftop view. You may even catch a glimpse of Clifford the Big Red Dog. Dress code is festive cocktail attire. 

The PEN America Young Patrons are emerging philanthropists in their 20s and 30s who help identify, support, and elevate emerging creative voices whose work stands at the intersection of literary freedom and political engagement. For over 100 years, PEN America has championed the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world, while working to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, convey information and ideas, express their views, and access the creative expression of others.

This event is currently sold out.
Please contact [email protected] to be added to the waitlist. 


Event Co-Chairs

Joshua Bennett • Cameron Westin Forbes • Maggie Gilbride • Melissa Lee

Music By

DJ Neck Romance Her

Live Sketches By

Artist Deanna First

Featured Authors

Naima Coster headshot

Naima Coster
What’s MinE and Yours

Clover Hope headshot

Clover Hope
The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop

Zain Khalid (c) Roxana Kadyrova

Zain Khalid
brother alive

Melissa Lozada-Oliva_Don Calva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness

Andrew Ridker


Tara Westover



Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors




TPG Global, LLC


Anonymous • Hollis & Jim Forbes


Cinetic Media • Frederick & Harriet Galfas Sandra Leong
Jonathan A. Schwartz, in honor of Gerald Schwartz
Sharon and Aaron Schwartz • Scott E. Schwartz & Mark H. Smith


Billy’s Bakery • Doladira
Golden Cannoli • Tequila Komos • QNSY

(in formation)

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Tracey Doolin, [email protected] or 646-981-0685

Young Patrons Leadership Committee

Joshua T. Bennett • Cameron Westin Forbes • Alexis Galfas
Maggie Gilbride • Cat Hobbs • Claire Joseph • Melissa Lee
Olivia Leong Sulkowicz • Lauren McCarthy • Nayeema Raza
Zoe Ridolfi-Starr • Rob Stamm • Linzee Troubh
Gillian Vernick • Keishel Williams • Samantha Zambri

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