“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

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PEN: Silenced Writers Speak

By Eric Abrahamsen, published

In the run-up to the Olympics, PEN is holding an event centered around China's imprisoned or threatened writers and journalists. This will take place in New York on August 7, at The New School's Tishman Auditorium. From the press release:

On August 7, the eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, PEN American Center will honor the more than 40 writers and journalists currently being held in Chinese prisons for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Acclaimed American writers will come together on stage at this special event to break the silence—or what has been called the Great Firewall—that threatens the work and lives of Chinese writers.

Edward Albee, Russell Banks, Philip Gourevitch, Jessica Hagedorn, Hari Kunzru, Rick Moody, Martha Southgate, Francine Prose, and others will read new and previously untranslated statements and writings by several of the jailed writers and other dissidents and members of the Independent Chinese PEN Center.

On the off chance that anyone's there and attending, send a report or a photo, will you?

Comments

# 1.   

I translated one of the essays they want to read at the event (how well has not been confirmed), an interesting piece by Mo Li. I could post a sample, I suppose, if anyone's interested.

Canaan Morse, August 1, 2008, 5:56p.m.

# 2.   

We might be able to get some video of the event after its over, in which case we could post some of the texts alongside...

Eric Abrahamsen, August 4, 2008, 2:44a.m.

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