PEN out Loud, Strand Book Store and PEN America’s new event series, empowers and encourages writers and readers in their pursuit of creative expression.

Past Events

I Write Banned Books

Monday September 25: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
In celebration and defiance during Banned Books Week 2017, PEN America in partnership with Strand Books invites authors--whose books have been banned or challenged because of their cover art and content--to discuss their experiences, and how to get skeptical readers to live up to the saying 'don't judge a book by its cover.'
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Boundaries and Borders

Monday October 2: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
We cross borders in our daily lives: on the subway between boroughs, in conversation, and in writing. The borders we cross define who we are. The boundaries writers and translators traverse in their work gives us a rich and varied literary landscape, and it is vital that they continue to reflect and contribute to the diversity of our world.

The topic of borders and boundaries has been at the forefront of people's minds, and it is important that these borders remain open, so that ideas, dreams, stories, and people can cross them easily, adding to the richness on either side.
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Madness and Mania

Monday October 20: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
In today’s political climate, the creative processes that allow us to sustain and express ourselves are more important than ever. Join PEN America in partnership with Strand Book Store for an intimate poetry reading with two award-winning authors whose work navigates themes of mental health, and the often obscured line between self-hate and self-love
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Reclaiming Our Time

Monday December 11: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
This December, join PEN America in partnership with the Strand Book Store as we present a feminist retrospective of the year. We will reflect on women’s roles at the forefront of the resistance, looking back at where we’ve been, and discussing the ways we can stand together to face what is to come.
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About PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.