Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City

Watch videos and read transcripts from the night of the 2017 PEN America Literary Gala:

Welcome Remarks
Andrew Solomon, President, PEN America

Welcome from the 2017 Publisher Honoree
John Sargent, CEO, Macmillan

Presentation of the 2017 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award
Introduction by Meryl Streep, remarks by Stephen Sondheim, and performance by Audra McDonald

Director’s Remarks
Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN America

Presentation of the 2017 PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award
Introduction by Toni Goodale and remarks by Bob Bland

Presentation of the 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award
Introduction by Pamela and Peter Barbey and remarks by Natalya Kaplan, cousin of Oleg Sentsov

Presentation of a letter from Oleg Sentsov
Alan Cumming, Actor

Call to Action: Save the NEA and NEH
Rita Dove, Poet


We would like to thank all our donors for their generous support.


Honorary Chairs
Annette Tapert Allen, Toni K. Goodale

Roxanne Donovan, Margaret Munzer Loeb, Sean Kelly

Jay McInerney, Patricia Duff, Sheree Friedman, Alexandra Munroe, Judith Greenberg, Deborah Needleman, Holly Peterson, Joanna Coles, Pat Fili-Krushel, Zachary Karabell, Susie Lopez, Jeanmarie Fenrich, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, Cathy Graham, Ed Tyler Nahem, Vicky Ward, Aidan Donnelley Rowley, Markus Dohle, Michael Pietsch, Kathy Kaye, Jonathan Herman, Suzy Wahba