PEN America to be at the Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend

Book lovers gather in huge crowds for the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. Photo: Lore Croghan

EDITOR’S NOTE: Supported by so many great Brooklyn writers, including Jennifer Egan, a former President, PEN America will be featured in a live reading at Borough Hall Plaza on Sunday, October 2nd. For the edification of our readers, we republish the latest extensive notes from PEN, beginning with notes on the Sunday program, The Writer As Migrant.

PEN America was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in New York City. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and celebrating free speech in the United States and around the world through the advancement of literature and human rights.

PEN Presents: The Writer as Migrant

Experience PEN at the Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend! PEN America features Mexican writer and founder of DREAMing Out Loud Álvaro Enrique, poet and co-editor of Somewhere We Are Human Sonia Guiñansaca, alumnus of DREAMing Out Loud and a contributor to Somewhere We Are Human t. jahan to celebrate new anthologies by undocumented or formerly undocumented migrants, refugees, dreamers and more. Moderated by PEN America’s Alejandro Heredia, this panel will discuss how literature – fiction to poetry, essays to play – can transform the immigration debate.

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When they tell you to be good: Prince Shakur in conversation with Jamal Joseph
Thursday 6 Oct | 7 p.m. ET
P&T Knitwear Books & Podcasts
180 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002

Join the Prison and Justice Writing team from PEN America, Tin House and P&T Knitwear to celebrate Prince Shakur’s debut memoir When They Tell You To Be Good – the first acquisition of Tin House Editor-at-Large Hanif Abdurraqib. Shakur’s memoir chronicles the journey of how a withdrawn, queer child in a Jamaican family became a radicalized adult traveler, writer, and anarchist in Obama’s and Trump’s America, detailing how Shakur dealt with his identity, his family’s immigration, the imprisonment of a Parent and generational change anticipates the impact of patriarchal and colonial violence. Shakur will chat with Jamal Joseph, author of Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention.

PEN Out Loud: Celeste Ng starring Gabrielle Zevin
Thursday 20 Oct | 7 p.m. PT
Second Home Hollywood
1370 N St Andrews Pl, Los Angeles, CA

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Number one bestselling author and Guggenheim Fellow Celeste Ng speaks to PEN Out Loud about her third novel, Our Missing Hearts. A suspenseful and heartbreaking novel about the unbreakable love between a mother and a child. Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new about how supposedly civilized communities can pretend to ignore the worst of injustice. Ng will be chatting with Gabrielle Zevin. ASL interpreters are provided by Pro Bono ASL. This personal program is co-presented by Scripps Presents and Skylight Books and made possible in part by support from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

PEN Out Loud: Jemele Hill with Phoebe Robinson
Tuesday October 25 | 7 p.m. ET
beach book store
828 Broadway (& 12th Street), New York, NY

Emmy Award-winning former ESPN SportsCenter co-host and contributing writer for the Atlantic Jemele Hill joins PEN Out Loud to celebrate her long-awaited memoir Uphill, an empowering and bold look at Hill’s journey growing up in Detroit is, and the aftermath that follows it Criticism of former President Trump and what it means to be one of America’s most well-known journalists. Hill will speak to stand-up comedian, writer, producer, actress and editor of the Tiny Reparations Books imprint Phoebe Robinson. ASL interpretation services are provided by Pro Bono ASL. Presented in partnership with Strand Book Store.

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The PEN Ten

Laura Warell
The PEN Ten with Laura Warrell: “Living with uncertainty can be excruciating, and by making up stories we can make sense of nonsense. We can choose how we act. We can move forward.”

The PEN Ten with Chen Chen: “Poetry is important because it feeds the heart. That might sound cheesy, but I don’t care. Art is important because it feeds the heart. Like plums. Like sunflowers. Like a good long kiss in this short short life.”