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November 20, 15

Carlos Monsiváis reads from his novel Mexican Postcards at the event The Global City, part of the 2006 PEN World Voices Festival. Read More  »

November 16, 15

David Auburn reads from activist, dissident, and writer Wei Jingsheng's "The Courage to Stand Alone" at the 2009 Human Rights Book Festival. Read More  »

October 30, 15

Gregory Pardlo reads from his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection "Digest." Read More  »

October 21, 15

A celebration of Liu Xia’s Empty Chairs: Selected Poems translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern. With Ming Di, Tina Chang, Ken Chen, and Nick Flynn. Moderated by Antonio Aiello. Read More  »

October 5, 15

Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was assassinated in October 7, 2006. Today's #PENpodcast honors Anna Politkovskaya by featuring Lisa Appignanesi reading from her final unfinished column. Read More  »

October 1, 15

Graham Greene was denied entry to the United States because of his short stint as a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. As we celebrate Greene's birthday tomorrow, listen to Russell Banks read "The Virtue of Disloyalty," where he talks...Read More  »

September 17, 15

Roald Dahl's children's books have been censored and banned consistently for their adult themes of violence, sexual inferences, profanity, and overall themes of "disobedience."Celebrate Banned Books Week with Dahl's take on Little Red Riding Hood...Read More  »

September 14, 15

Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" was banned in Boston in 1881 for its supposed vulgarity. Because the poem acknowledged the existence of sex and homosexuality, it was labeled obscene and cost Whitman his job as a clerk. In celebration of this year'...Read More  »

September 7, 15

In commemoration of her birthday on September 7, listen to Jennifer Egan give a reading from her Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Visit From the Goon Squad. Read More  »

September 3, 15

Kiran Desai, whose birthday is today, reads from The Inheritance of Loss at Town Hall Readings: Writing Home, part of the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival. The Inheritance of Loss was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2006. Read More  »