at Christie’s, New York


An auction of unique books and works of art will be held in the fall at Christies New York to benefit PEN American Center. Seventy-five writers and artists have written or drawn directly in a first edition or a significant catalogue of their own work. This is an extraordinary collection of rare first editions that have in most cases been heavily annotated throughout by the author, and of works of art that take an artist’s catalogue or monograph as a starting point. *Please note the change of date: PEN’s First Editions \ Second Thoughts auction will take place Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Christie’s.*

The works are startlingly original, and represent a significant contribution to our cultural heritage.
The FEST auction is expected to raise substantial funds to support PEN’s mission to advance literature and defend freedom of expression. 

PEN is very grateful to these writers and artists who have generously contributed to PEN’s First Editions \ Second Thoughts auction: 
Marina Abramovic, Woody Allen, John Ashbery, Paul Auster, T. C. Boyle, Eric Carle, Peter Carey, Robert A. Caro, Michael Chabon, Billy Collins, Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Cunningham, Angela Y. Davis, Lydia Davis, Don DeLillo, Junot Diaz, E.L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, Jennifer Egan, Louise Erdrich, Jules Feiffer, Gillian Flynn, Richard Ford, Neil Gaiman, William Gass, Malcolm Gladwell, Bob Gober, Sue Grafton, Roni Horn, Khaled Hosseini, Paul Karasik, Garrison Keillor, Barbara Kingsolver, Joseph Kosuth, Tony Kushner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Glenn Ligon, Colum McCann, Jay McInerney, Larry McMurtry, Peter Matthiessen, David Mazzucchelli, Julie Mehretu, Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon, Shirin Neshat, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoko Ono, Orhan Pamuk, Katherine Paterson, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth, Ed Ruscha, James Salter, George Saunders, Simon Schama, Richard Serra, Sam Shepard, David Simon, Kiki Smith, Alec Soth, Stephen Sondheim, Jane Smiley, Patti Smith, Lemony Snicket, Amy Tan, Colm Toibin, Fred Tomaselli, Anne Tyler, Lawrence Weiner, Edmund White, John Edgar Wideman, Tobias Wolff.

The First Editions \ Second Thoughts auction has been made possible by the kindness, generosity and expert help given to PEN by:
Between The Covers Rare Books, Gloucester City, NJ
Christie’s New York, Rockefeller Center
Sean Kelly, New York
White & Case, New York