PEN America Blog
In a great book, even the most despicable characters have a chance for redemption, perhaps, one might argue, more of a chance than he or she might get in real life.
PEN American Center conferred the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction on Shawn Vestal for 'Godforsaken Idaho.'
The cruelties and abuses taking place today in Syria defy all comprehension. Perhaps not even literature, or the language itself, is sufficient to be able to depict what is happening. But how then can we tell the rest of the world about it, asks Syrian writer Omar Kaddour.