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2018 Literary Gala: Suzanne Nossel

PEN America Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Nossel delivered these remarks at the 2018 PEN America Literary Gala. So, Jenny was saying earlier, PEN America’s preferred discourse leverages literature to… More

2018 Literary Gala: Eskinder Nega

I ask whether those who are free have an obligation towards those of us who are not free. And I say they do. This obligation is not legal but… More

2018 Literary Gala: Jennifer Egan

"As a fiction writer and a journalist, I’m more accustomed to the role of spectator, ideally as close to invisible as possible—it helps me eavesdrop. What led me to… More

Judith Butler on Living with Grief

Judith Butler discusses how expressions of rage and lashing out often reflect inner sorrow at the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival. More

Noam Chomsky on Threats to Humanity

Noam Chomsky addresses the future of humanity and the threats posed by climate change in this clip from the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival. More

Sam Shepard Reads from Motel Chronicles

Today we share a clip from the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival in which the late, great Sam Shepard reads an excerpt from his short story collection Motel Chronicles. More