The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Saturday, July 2, 2022


Writers gather to discuss the role of literature in times of war and isolation
The author Nadifa Mohamed in London, Oct. 7, 2021. The PEN World Voices Festival, in response to the war in Ukraine, will include an “Emergency World Voices Congress of Writers” that will include more than 80 authors, including Mohamed. Adama Jalloh/The New York Times.

by Alexandra Alter



NEW YORK, NY.- In 1939, American journalist Dorothy Thompson, who was expelled from Germany after reporting on the rise of the Nazi movement, convened an emergency summit of writers in response to the violence unfolding in Europe. As the leader of PEN America, a literary and free speech organization, Thompson called on writers to unite against fascism and threats to free expression. The event drew 500 writers from 30 countries.

“In much of the world today the word itself has been made captive,” Thompson told the assembled writers. “Those who would free it do so at the risk of their lives.”

This spring, in response to the war in Ukraine, PEN America is holding another “Emergency World Voices Congress of Writers” inspired by that first gathering to explore how literature and literary figures can help bridge geographic and cultural rifts, encourage dialogue and protect free speech in times of turmoil and brutality.

The emergency summit — which is expected to include more than 100 writers, among them Salman Rushdie, Gary Shteyngart, Ayad Akhtar and Jennifer Egan — is part of PEN’s annual World Voices Festival, a series of literary events scheduled to take place May 11-14 in New York City and Los Angeles.

“In this moment of chaos and violence, we can address what the role of the writer is, as we face down the rise of authoritarianism, disinformation run amok, social fissures that are widening here in this country, and a surge in book banning and threats against free speech,” Suzanne Nossel, chief executive of PEN America, said.

On the same day as the summit, Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov, who is the president of PEN Ukraine and has been documenting the grim toll of Russia’s invasion, will deliver a speech that will address threats to democracy and free expression.

The World Voices Festival was created in 2005 with the aim of fostering dialogue among authors from around the world to counter isolationism and xenophobia in the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks.

In the years since, the annual event has drawn hundreds of international and American authors to discuss themes such as gender and power, political unrest and resistance, and threats to privacy and free speech.

Panels at this year’s festival will address how literature can confront issues like climate change, immigration, gender equality, nationalism and the future of democracy. More than 80 writers are expected to participate, including Sheila Heti, Leïla Slimani, Mieko Kawakami, Nadifa Mohamed and Abdulrazak Gurnah, who won the Nobel Prize in literature last year.

The festival will conclude with an event highlighting the dramatic rise in book bans in schools and libraries across the country, featuring readings from banned and controversial books by literary icons like Toni Morrison, Art Spiegelman, Kurt Vonnegut and others.

This year’s gathering marks the first time since the start of the pandemic that the festival will take place in person, after PEN held it online in the spring of 2020 and 2021.

“Isolationism took on a new meaning during COVID,” Nossel said. “It’s extremely important to bring people together face to face and consider, amid all the questions we’re grappling with now, how literature can play its role as a bridge across geography, ideology and cultures.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.










Today's News

April 7, 2022

Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art opens an exhibition of works by Terry Rosenberg

Gagosian announces shared representation of Jordan Wolfson

The site called 'Machu Picchu' had another name first, researchers say

A lover's impact on David Wojnarowicz, for all to see

Oehme landscape acquired by Nationalmuseum

National Air and Space Museum receives $25 million gift from Raytheon Technologies

Christie's will offer the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann

India Art Fair returns this month

Bobby Rydell, teenage idol with enduring appeal, dies at 79

VOLTA New York announces exhibitor list for 2022 edition

'Lula Mae Blocton: The First Two Decades, 1970-1990' on view through April 30th at Skoto Gallery

The 'rarest Nike shoes ever' hit the ground running at Heritage Auctions April 20

Honolulu Museum of Art names Penni Hall as chief operating officer

Roland White, a shaper of bluegrass and country-rock, dies at 83

Museum of Arts and Design names Benjamin Strauss as Deputy Director, Institutional Advancement

Enamel Arts Foundation donates 938 enamels to four museums

Highest-graded copy of 'Sonic the Hedgehog' to reach market rolls up to Heritage Auctions

Nehemiah Persoff, actor with a familiar face (and voice), dies at 102

FotoFocus announces plans to open new arts center in Cincinnati in 2024

Writers gather to discuss the role of literature in times of war and isolation

June Brown, a mainstay of Britain's 'EastEnders,' dies at 95

Meet DALL-E, the AI that draws anything at your command

Step behind the scenes and discover London Transport Museum's poster collection

Richard Linklater and Sandra Adair: Three decades of action and cuts

Professional Cummins Diesel Engine Supplier - Aoright

188Bet - Overview and Competitors

What are short-term loans and their benefits?




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful