Posts tagged "PEN"
In Conversation with Amin Maalouf

In Conversation with Amin Maalouf

PEN International conducted this interview with Lebanese-born writer Amin Maalouf during the Writers Unlimited Winternachten festival in January 2014. Maalouf, one of the outstanding voices in the French and Arabic literary world, was award the Prix Goncourt in 1993. You grew up speaking Arabic at home but chose to write (fiction, at least) in French – who,...
PEN International: Appeal for Egyptian Poet Omar Hazek

PEN International: Appeal for Egyptian Poet Omar Hazek

PEN International protests the two-year prison sentence handed down to Egyptian poet Omar Hazek, who has been held in custody since his arrest in early December 2013 for taking part in a protest. Omar Hazek was held in Hadra prison in Alexandria until 21 February 2014 when he was moved to Burj Al-Arab prison also...
Die bunte Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (7/2014)

Die bunte Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (7/2014)

Liebe Gemeinde, heute geht es um einen klugen Kollegen, Bücher und Pubs, hoffnungslose E-Book-Riesen, Elefantenhochzeit in Russland, Dichtermord in Teheran und mehr. Bevor wir in die Ferne schweifen, möchte ich kurz hinweisen auf eine Kontroverse, die kürzlich das Paralleluniversum, das wir Buchbranche nennen, erschüttert hat, jedenfalls in Teilen. Da hatte der Säzzer Friedrich Forssmann im...
PEN: Call to Action for Turkish human rights lawyer and writer Muharrem Erbey

PEN: Call to Action for Turkish human rights lawyer and writer Muharrem Erbey

Human rights lawyer, writer and PEN Turkey member Muharrem Erbey was arrested in Diyarbakır, south-eastern Turkey, in December 2009. He is one of scores of lawyers, politicians, writers, journalists, publishers, trade unionists and academics detained as part of a wide-reaching anti-terror probe into pro-Kurdish intellectuals, political activists and civil society organisations in Turkey. December 2013...
PEN International: Open letter to President Viktor Yanukovich calling for peaceful dialogue in Ukraine

PEN International: Open letter to President Viktor Yanukovich calling for peaceful dialogue in Ukraine

Dear President Yanukovich, I am writing to you on behalf of the tens of thousands of members of PEN International, the worldwide organisation of writers. We are deeply concerned about the escalating unrest in the Ukraine, and in particular about any negative impacts on the freedom of expression of Ukraine citizens demonstrating in Kiev and...
Ehlings Wochenblick (48/13)

Ehlings Wochenblick (48/13)

Ich bin vor ein paar Tagen in Mexiko angekommen, wo ich wieder einmal an der Internationalen Buchmesse in Guadalajara teilnehme. Sie gehört seit langer Zeit zu den Höhepunkten meines Arbeitsjahres. Warum die Veranstaltung so spannend ist, hatte ich ja bereits am Montag erzählt. Über die Messe werde ich hier im Blog berichten, aber die Messe...
PEN: Alarming rise in cases of writers persecuted for their use of digital media

PEN: Alarming rise in cases of writers persecuted for their use of digital media

In the first six months of 2013, PEN monitored over 630 cases of attacks on writers, journalists and bloggers. Of these, around 187 are in prison, some serving sentences of over 15 years. Others are suffering unfair trials, harassment and threats.Every year PEN focuses on five writers from around the world that represent the type...
Day of the Dead - remembering murdered writers in Latin America

Day of the Dead – remembering murdered writers in Latin America

Every year on 2nd November, the Mexican Day of the Dead, PEN International and PEN centres around the world commemorate murdered colleagues in Latin America through campaigns, events, film screenings, readings and more. Day of the Dead is a time when the families and friends of the departed in Latin America and beyond commemorate the...