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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

6:00pm: VIP Reception | 6:30pm: Cocktail Reception | 7:30pm: Dinner & Awards

The annual PEN America Literary Gala is a highlight of the New York literary and social calendars, with over 800 guests and an exceptional group of leading writers who sit among them as Literary Hosts. Every year, it is an inspiring, exhilarating, moving event; we promise an unforgettable evening, and it never falls short. The proceeds from this dinner are crucial to PEN America’s dynamic cultural programming and critical advocacy work on behalf of free expression.

In December of 2020, we held a virtual gala with more than 18,000 supporters watching an illustrious lineup of honorees and special guests, including President Barack Obama. This year, we hope to once again celebrate together in person, under the whale at the American Museum of Natural History. We are monitoring COVID protocols and working closely with the museum in order to ensure a safe, inspiring evening. If circumstances require, our plans may change and we promise to keep you posted.

Honorees and special guests soon to be announced!

2021 Honorees

Robert A. Iger, Corporate Honoree

Robert A. Iger, Corporate Honoree

Iger is Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr., PEN/Audible Literary Service Award

Henry Louis Gates Jr., PEN/Audible Literary Service Award

Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.

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Presenters

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Songwriter, Actor, and Director

Sponsors

Gold Sponsor
Robert K. Kraft • Hearst • Penguin Random House • The Walt Disney Company

Award Underwriters

Audible, Inc • Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust • Lawrence B. & Elyse Benenson

Leadership
Andrew Solomon & John Habich Solomon • Roxanne Donovan & Tom Scarangello •  Patricia Fili-Krushel
Elizabeth Hemmerdinger & Alix L.L. Ritchie • Agnes Gund • Margaret Munzer Loeb • Lynda & Stewart Resnick • Anya & Albert Salama • Jamie Wolf

Benefactor
Amanda Bennett • Colette & Daniel Bennett • Kimberly Morgan Blank • Jennifer Finney Boylan • Beth Bugdaycay • Bridget Colman • Ting Tsung & Wei Fong Chao Foundation • Karin & Markus Dohle • Lauren Embrey • Sarah, Sheree, & Jerry Friedman • Hachette Book Group • Robie Harris • Tracy Higgins • Alan Jones & Ashley Garrett • Zachary Karabell • Mary & Sean Kelly and Family • Nisha Kumar & Michael Behringer • Sandra Leong • Anne & Jay McInerney • Evangeline Morphos • Alexandra Munroe • Annette L. Nazareth & Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. • Zibby & Kyle Owens • The Holly Peterson Foundation • Macmillan Publishers • Marvin Putnam • Eden Productions • Pascaline Servan-Schreiber & Kevin Ryan • Ann & Richard Sarnoff Family Foundation • Seedlings Foundation • Suzy Wahba • Tali Farhadian Weinstein & Boaz Weinstein

Patron
The Marc Haas Foundation • Other Press • Simon & Schuster

Friends
Tom Healy • ICM Partners • ReaderLink

Gala Committee Co-Chairs
Markus Dohle • Roxanne Donovan • Sean Kelly • Anya Salama

Gala Committee Members
Pamela & Peter Barbey • Willow Bay • Lawrence B. & Elyse Benenson • Amanda Bennett • Colette & Daniel Bennett • Kimberly Morgan Blank • Jennifer Finney Boylan • Beth Bugdaycay • John Chao • Bridget Colman • Patricia Duff • Jennifer Egan • Patricia Fili-Krushel • Sandra Leong • Sheree & Jerry Friedman • Judith Gurewich • Elizabeth Hemmerdinger • Tracy Higgins • Alan Jones • Zachary Karabell • Margaret Munzer Loeb • Yvonne Marsh • Jay McInerney • Evangeline Morphos • Alexandra Munroe • Annette L. Nazareth & Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. • Holly Peterson • Michael Pietsch • Marvin Putnam • Alix L.L. Ritchie • Andrew Solomon • Suzy Wahba • Jamie Wolf

Learn more about our annual Literary Gala and see recaps of prior year’s celebrations, including our 2020 Virtual Gala.

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