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September 30, 2014

Writing about my family in a memoir was about as daring as it gets ... I was sure that when the book came out I was going to be ostracized not only by my family but by everyone I knew.

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September 30, 2014

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.

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September 29, 2014

Books with any kind of diversity are disproportionately challenged versus books by and about straight white males.

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September 29, 2014

You are the ruin whose arm encircles the young woman / at the posthumous bar, before your death.

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September 29, 2014

We fill pre-existing forms and when we fill them we change them and are changed.

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September 29, 2014

—Is it bitter? Does her soul / tell her / that she was an idiot ever to think / anything / material wholly could satisfy?

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September 29, 2014

PEN American Center conferred the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction on Shawn Vestal for 'Godforsaken Idaho.'

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September 29, 2014

On Septmeber 28th, PEN hosted a special event at KGB Bar with readings from the 5 2014 PEN/Bingham finalists:

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September 25, 2014

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.

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September 25, 2014

"Athai, some boys called us Snickers. I don't mind. Snickers taste good, no?"

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