J.K. Rowling To Receive PEN Award

PEN America is honoring J.K. Rowling with the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award at PEN America's annual Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on May 16. PEN will also honor Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch.

Rowling is being honored by PEN for her objections of censorship in schools, libraries, and online, and for her effort to help children, incarcerated people, the learning-disabled, women, and girls gain access to literature and the freedom of expression. 

Pietsch is receiving a PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award for galvanizing a PEN initiative to resist official censorship in China, for publishing Charlie Hebdo editor Charb's posthumous anti-censorship work, and for adding to the conversation about publishers' roles in the changing landscape for writers, publishers, booksellers, and readers.

PEN America, an association of more than 4,300 U.S. who defend the freedom of expression worldwide, will announce the recipients of two additional awards that will be presented at the gala in the coming weeks. 

Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Email Address


Log In Forgot Password

Premium online access is only available to PW subscribers. If you have an active subscription and need to set up or change your password, please click here.

New to PW? To set up immediate access, click here.

NOTE: If you had a previous PW subscription, click here to reactivate your immediate access. PW site license members have access to PW’s subscriber-only website content. If working at an office location and you are not "logged in", simply close and relaunch your preferred browser. For off-site access, click here. To find out more about PW’s site license subscription options, please email Mike Popalardo at: mike@nextstepsmarketing.com.

To subscribe: click here.