Around Town | April 10th – 16th

Pen Parentis | Heroes & Superheroes

When: April 10, 2018 @ 7–9:30pm
Where: The Andaz Wall Street, 75 Wall Street, New York, NY
Cost: Free

Pen Parentis Literary Salons “break the stereotype of parent-author by presenting the vast diversity of creative writing by authors who happen to also be parents.” However, you don’t have to be a parent or writer to enjoy its events, including this evening filled with questions about heroes and superheroes. Authors Lex Williford, Andrea Lawlor, and Donna Levin will read their own works, while also answering these questions: What is a superhero? When does a bigger-than-life character become hard to believe? How can you take a fresh look at a trope? Continue reading “Around Town | April 10th – 16th”

Link of the Week | PEN America


PEN America “stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide.” Like the WNBA, the organization recognizes the power of the written word, and channels this energy to celebrate creative expression. PEN America members – novelists, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, and agents – defend the rights of writers and uphold the PEN America Charter. Continue reading “Link of the Week | PEN America”

Link of the Week: PEN America Literary Gala

Macmillan’s CEO John Sargent was named PEN Literary Gala’s publisher honoree this year, and his acceptance speech was aligned with PEN’s cause of protecting freedom of speech and expression in literature.

PEN America is a human rights and literary community that’s part of the worldwide organization, Pen International. PEN’s purpose is “to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible,” which they manage by hosting fundraisers and events enforcing the importance of protecting writers’ rights and abilities to create art and freely communicate their experiences.

The annual PEN Literary Gala raises money for writers and gives awards to noteworthy figures in the literary community that embody their mission, with Macmillan‘s Sargent receiving one of the highest honors of the night. Sargent’s acceptance speech further emphasized the publishing industry’s investment in the First Amendment and how publishing professionals need to look beyond their personal beliefs when deciding what books to publish.

Other PEN honorees of the night include musician Stephen Sondheim, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, and The Women’s March.