E.L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Edward Albee, A.M. Homes, Honor Moore, Victoria Redel, and other PEN Members gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library to demand the release of writer Liu Xiaobo, who was sentenced on Christmas Day to 11 years in prison in China. The program featured short statements and readings by PEN Members. After the event, a PEN delegation delivered a letter to the Permanent Mission of the Peoples Republic of China to the U.N.