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A Literary Protest for Free Expression in China

Join PEN American Center with acclaimed writers Sergio De La Pava, Jennifer Egan, Ha Jin, Alison Klayman, Chang-Rae Lee, and Victoria Redel to protest Beijing’s efforts to silence Ai Weiwei and other Chinese writers and artists.  

LIVESTREAM from April 10, 2014



The event begins at 7PM with short readings of works by Chinese writers including Ai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, who PEN announced Monday would receive the 2014 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.  At 7:45PM, attendees will move to the nearby Brooklyn Museum to take part in a collaborative art installation inspired by Ai, followed by a never-before-seen video message from the artist.

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In partnership with

Friends of Ai Weiwei

Co-sposored by

Asian American Writers WorkshopPhil & Co.

With support from Marina Abramovic, Chuck Close, Agnes Gund, Jasper Johns, Anish Kapoor, Julian Lennon, Shirin Neshat, Pussy Riot, Susan Sarandon, and Julian Schnabel


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