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PEN American Center Posts Letter Advocating For Free Speech to Sony Pictures CEO

PENThe hackers behind The Interview incident have elicited both anger and fear throughout the country. The PEN American Center has sent a letter addressed to the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Lynton, to protest against this act of censorship. The organization has posted the full piece on its website.

Besides various PEN executives and trustees, several high profile writers have also signed this note. Some of the participants include PEN president emeritus Salman Rushdie, novelist Neil Gaiman, children’s books illustrator Jules Feiffer, poet John Ashbery, and playwright Tony Kushner. Here’s an excerpt:

“PEN is appalled at the intrusive, criminal and profoundly menacing reprisals and threats that Sony Pictures has endured as a result of producing and planning to distribute The Interview. PEN has long stood with writers and creators who have suffered assaults aimed to suppress the dissemination of their ideas. We believe firmly that violence is never justified as a reaction to speech, no matter how offensive that speech may be to some.”

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Pen Parentis & The Thalia Book Club Get Booked

symphonyHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

The topic of the forthcoming Pen Parentis Literary Salon will be “Risqué Words.” Check it out on Tuesday, November 11th at The Andaz Hotel from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Filmmaker Raises $24,000+ to Finish ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Documentary

Filmmaker Hannah Jayanti has received more than $24,000 from Kickstarter backers for the “final push” on The Phantom Tollbooth documentary. These funds will be used for post-production mastering, legal fees, marketing, and distribution.

Back in November 2011, Jayanti raised $31,000 on Kickstarter to cover the film production costs. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“The film introduces viewers to the hilarious world of The Phantom Tollbooth, along with some of the novel’s more serious themes – starting with its opening scene featuring actor David Hyde Pierce narrating a stop-animation created for the documentary. Discover Norton Juster’s word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo for the camera, and hear children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.”

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Phantom Tollbooth Documentary Coming This Summer

Freckless Productions will release The Phantom Tollbooth Turns 50 documentary this summer. Back in November 2011, director Hannah Jayanti raised $31,000 on Kickstarter to cover the production costs.

The official trailer is embedded above–what do you think? The movie will include appearances by author Norton Juster, illustrator Jules Feiffer, and Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce (who narrated the audiobook edition). Here’s more about the film:

We follow Norton and Jules as they return to the house in Brooklyn Heights where Norton began writing a little story ‘to get his mind off of what he had to do.’ Working as an architect, Norton was awarded a grant for a book on Urban Perception, which he promptly didn’t write. Instead, he created Milo. When he showed his notes to his neighbor, a young political cartoonist bent on overthrowing the government, Jules began sketching – and The Phantom Tollbooth was born. 

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Chris Van Allsburg on Picture Book Writing

More than 25 years ago, children’s author Chris Van Allsburg published The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a collection of 14 mysterious illustrations.

For The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, Van Allsburg teamed up with thirteen fellow writers to create short stories inspired by these drawings. The group of authors include Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and an introduction by Lemony Snicket.

This powerhouse group of writers has collectively won one Pulitzer Prize, three National Book Awards, five Newbery Medals and several Caldecotts.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Wins Best of Brooklyn, Inc. Award

Despite the cold snap yesterday, readers from all over New York City attended the sixth annual Brooklyn Book Festival. Reportedly, it is the largest book festival in the Northeast. In the video embedded above, you can meet some of the participating authors.

Pulitzer prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri won this year’s Best of Brooklyn, Inc. award (BoBi). Lahiri was born in London, but now calls Brooklyn home. Each year, the festival recognizes a literary figure whose work embraces and speaks to the Brooklyn spirit. Previous recipients of the BoBi award include John Ashbery (2010), Edwidge Danticat (2009), Walter Mosley (2008) and Paul Auster (2007).

Festival founder and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz commented: “It’s all about the written word and how important reading is for all of us. Whether we’re kids who use reading to make ourselves into what we’re going to be in our life or whether you’re an elder person, like myself. Knowledge doesn’t stop at a certain age; it continues for life.”

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Will Eisner Celebrated in Google Doodle

Google celebrated Will Eisner‘s March 6th birthday with a Google Doodle.

The image is embedded above, a logo combining the face of Eisner’s famous hero (The Spirit) and the crowded New York City neighborhoods Eisner explored in later graphic novels. Comic artist Scott McCloud wrote on Google’s blog about how Eisner’s The Spirit newspaper comic influenced many artists, from Jack Kirby to Jules Feiffer.

eBookNewser has more: “Google celebrated the late Will Eisner’s birthday this weekend with a Google Doodle, dedicated to the legendary comic author. Artist Mike Dutton drew the above homage to Eisner, in which the ‘oo’s in Google have been replaced by the eyes of one of Eisner’s most famous characters named ‘The Spirit,’ aka Denny Colt, a crime fighting detective.”