2016 Literary Gala Remarks

May 16, 2016 American Museum of Natural History, New York City Welcome Remarks Andrew Solomon, PEN President Welcome from 2016 Publisher Honoree Michael Pietsch, CEO, Hachette Book Group Presentation of the 2016 PEN/Toni and James… More

2016 Publisher Honoree: Michael Pietsch

Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch, a PEN America Trustee, has worked as an editor to David Foster Wallace, James Patterson, Donna Tartt, and others, championing the power of… More

J.K. Rowling Responds to Trump, Anti-LGBT Critics

While accepting an award on Monday at the PEN America Literary Gala, J.K. Rowling defended Donald Trump's freedom of speech and responded to anti-LGBT critics. The Harry Potter author told… More

Belarusian protesters in background; on top: “I Support PEN Belarus” and PEN America logo

Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.

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