Category Archives: literature

PEN AMERICA TO HONOR IMPRISONED UKRAINIAN WRITER AND FILMMAKER OLEG SENTSOV WITH 2017 PEN/BARBEY FREEDOM TO WRITE AWARD

NEW YORK—PEN America announced today that it will honor Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, an activist imprisoned on spurious charges in Russia, with the 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award at its annual Literary Gala on April 25 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Continue reading

HISHAM MATAR TAKES $75,000 PRIZE FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR AT REIMAGINED PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS CEREMONY

NEW YORK–Hisham Matar was awarded the inaugural PEN/Jean Stein Book Award for his memoir The Return (Penguin Random House) Monday night at the PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony in a dramatic live announcement. Continue reading

PEN-supported translations – a match for English language titles

English PEN has published an evaluation of its first grant-giving programme, PEN Promotes, which has supported literary translation since 2005 Continue reading

2017 PEN America Literary Awards Celebrate Books that Transcend Borders

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NEW YORK–PEN America today announced the winners of its 2017 Literary Awards, including playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose life and play inspired the Oscar-nominated film Moonlight; novelist, essayist, and critic Aleksandar Hemon for his passion-project oral history of Bosnian migrants and their stories of displacement; British novelist Helen Oyeyemi for her first short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Riverhead); and sociologist Matthew Desmond for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, a groundbreaking exploration of the devastating effects of rising housing costs on urban communities. Continue reading

PEN World Voices Festival: Gender and Power

New York, NY (February 16, 2017) –The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will focus its lens on today’s fractious relationship between gender and power. Taking place in New York City, May 1-7, 2017, the weeklong Festival will use literature and the arts to address how gender both enables and impairs full participation in politics and society. At a moment of unprecedented threats to freedom and truth, and of emboldened mobilization and resistance, the Festival will connect leading global writers, artists and thinkers with concerned citizens to examine bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia, and to bolster the movement to counter them. Continue reading

Read poems from the 7 countries affected by Trump’s immigration ban

A young girl dances with an American flag while women pray behind her during a protest against the temporary travel ban

A young girl dances with an American flag while women pray behind her during a protest against the temporary travel ban, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Credit: REUTERS/Laura Buckman

On Monday, Tehran-born poet Kaveh Akbar began tweeting out poetry written by poets from the seven countries — Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria — impacted by President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans immigrants from those countries. Continue reading

Xi Lan Zhang: The Snow

zhang-wilhelm-snowThe roof is covered with ice,
Our trees are full with frost.
The birds rest in their birdhouse
It seems as a good nice winter,
The fireplace is a cracklin,
the moon is full and bright.
The stars are just there twinklin,
It seems as a perfect night.
The wind gusts knocked my door,
blowing the snow around. Continue reading

Porter Anderson: Frankfurt Book Fair Notes: Attendance Figures, Emcke’s Peace Prize

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Trade visitors in Hall 6 at Frankfurt Book Fair Friday (October 21) near the Publishing Perspectives office. Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Mark Jacquemin

As Frankfurt Book Fair’s press officers report a slight increase in trade-visitor attendance this year, the German trade gives Carolin Emcke its 2016 peace prize. Continue reading