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YPG was honored to have PEN America speak at our 2017 Young to Publishing Conference this past December. They are now offering our members an opportunity to volunteer at various events across the city for The 2018 World Voices Festival, which will run April 16–22. The festival is still in the planning stages, but if you would like to be considered for a shift, please sign up here.

PEN World Voices is America’s only international literary festival, attracting the best known writers from across the globe. Since its founding, PEN America has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries speaking 56 languages in venues across New York City in a weeklong series of literary events with a human rights focus. The Festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world—a mission that, today, has never been more relevant.

Last year, the 2017 World Voices Festival: Gender & Power used literature and the arts as a lens to examine how gender both enables and impairs full participation in politics and society. At a moment of unprecedented threats to freedom and truth—and of emboldened mobilization and resistance—the Festival brought together authors and artists from around the world with concerned citizens to examine bigotry, misogyny, and xenophobia, and to bolster the movement to counter them. Featured speakers included Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Carrie Brownstein, Samantha Bee, Teju Cole, Ani DiFranco, Jennifer Egan, Aleksandar Hemon, Colum McCann, Nancy Morejón, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Trevor Noah, Salman Rushdie, Patti Smith, Andrew Solomon, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many more.

Discount tickets are available for Roxane Gay‘s PEN World Voices Festival program on April 20. You can use the code YOUNG2018 for up to 4 tickets per patron at $25 each (instead of $40).

Stay tuned for more information. If you have any questions, you can direct them to Luqman Hamaki at Luqman.Hamaki@simonandschuster.com.

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