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The New Republic Presents: the Right to Read

Please join PEN Miami/South Florida and The New Republic for the Right to Read celebration. This event, which will be live and live-streamed, will feature authors who are currently banned or who have been banned recently; fellow writers who have taken up the cause; and teachers, librarians, and students who have been directly impacted by the book bans that are sweeping America (4,240 unique titles were challenged last year, an increase of almost 65% over 2022).

As part of the evening, we will feature book readings and conversations with a group of banned writers, including Lauren Groff, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ellen Hopkins, George M. Johnson, Ashley Hope Perez, Jodi Picoult, and Jacqueline Woodson, with more to come.

We will also recognize five extraordinary individuals—authors, librarians, teachers, activists, and others—who have taken extraordinary action to protect the right to read with a Toni Morrison Courage Award—named after one of the most profound and courageous authors of our time.

This event is part of the national Teach Truth Day of Action.


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