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2017 PEN America Literary Awards Celebrate Books that Transcend Borders

Arielle Anema, Literary Awards Manager: +1.646.779.4813, [email protected]
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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

Guo Feixiong is a finalist for the 2015 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

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“We didn’t break the law in any way. We made no mistakes. We were simply and sincerely trying to push forward China’s democracy. This is a very persuasive argument.”

Guo Feixiong is the pen name of Yang Maodong, a well known figure in China’s rights defence movement who has previously spent five years in prison for his human rights activities. Continue reading