Journalist, Playwright, Filmmaker, and Iraqi Pen Member Murdered
PEN International is appalled by the murder of prominent journalist, playwright, filmmaker, and Iraqi PEN Member Hadi al-Mahdi, who was shot dead at his home in Baghdad on September… More
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Thank you to these authors for standing up and speaking up. @LindaSuePark Ami Polonsky @ElloEllenOh to save young people's lives and fight for their #fREADom to have access to books that reflect their reality and provide hope. Thanks to @FLFreedomRead @diversebooks @PENamerica https://twitter.com/FLFreedomRead/status/1600529718855491586
‘Putin has repeatedly claimed that Ukrainian culture and language simply don’t exist. By targeting art museums, music halls, libraries, theaters, and historical sites, he attempts to make it so.’
Brilliant @ayadakhtar for @PENamerica https://pen.org/on-war-and-cultural-erasure/
This is a worry in Tx upcoming legislative session that a punitive state law will lead districts to overreact and censor themselves out of fear. (like this district in MO removing The Hate U Give). @penamerica @uabookbans https://www.emissourian.com/local_news/st-clair-district-pulls-book-from-library-shelves-as-schools-statewide-grapple-with-new-state/article_f624eaa4-7681-11ed-b2ee-b7df4d46e30a.html