Surveillance: An Innocent Fiction?

Science fiction has long explored the possibility and implications of government omniscience resulting from ever-expanding state surveillance powers. But it's not just Orwell and Kafka—writers throughout history and across… More


Internationally celebrated authors talk with A.O. Scott of The New York Times: Martin Amis (The Pregnant Widow and the upcoming Lionel Asbo: The State of England), Margaret Atwood (The… More

Leading Writers Unite in Fight for Free Expression

PEN International, the worldwide community of writers and foremost advocate for free expression, meets in Tokyo this week to urge increased campaigning on behalf of silenced and imprisoned colleagues.… More

Why We Must Defend Writers

Novelist Margaret Atwood shares her thoughts on the importance of keeping writers free from censorship and the power of stories to move us. On Tuesday night, before a glittering… More

The Quill and the Whale

Tuesday night, the trains weren’t running right. There we were, four New Yorker staffers in uncomfortable heels and bare legs, late for the PEN Literary Gala which, our invitations… More