A Banned Books Wrap Up

This September, PEN American Center reached out to writers, editors, literary illuminati, and PEN staff to write about the banned books that matter to them most. Below you’ll find… More

On J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

What Salinger gave to us were memorable meeting points between innocence and the world’s soiling stains. There was so much authenticity in his stance and sympathy that his artificialities… More

PEN World Voices Festival Lineup Revealed

Today the PEN American Center unveiled the schedule for the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature—a New York City-based festival with 150 writers from 40 countries.… More

PEN American Center Names New Director

The PEN American Center, the American branch of the international literary and human rights organization, has announced the appointment of Steven Isenberg, a lawyer and professor of literature, as… More