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Artists & Musicians Host Benefit Rebuild Red Hook, Brooklyn

Authors and musicians are coming together for a benefit that will raise money to rebuild Red Hook, a water-front community in Brooklyn that was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Novelist/journalist Kurt Andersen will host the event, which is called “Defiance: A Literary Benefit to Rebuild Red Hook,” and will take place on November 14th at Littlefield at 7pm. Musicians Steve Earle and Stew will perform and novelists Joseph O’Neill, Sam Lipsyte, and Rivka Galchen will do readings, as will non-fiction writers Phillip Lopate, Chuck Klosterman, Philip Gourevitch, Meghan O’Rourke, Deborah Baker, and Robert Sullivan will also participate.

Tickets for the event cost $50, and can be purchased at this link. All proceeds from the event will be split between two charities who are helping to rebuild Red Hook post-Sandy — Red Hook Initiative and Restore Red Hook.

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Banned Chinese Writer Liao Yiwu to Appear in New York City

On September 13th, Chinese writer Liao Yiwu will appear in New York City for a reading, a musical performance and an on-stage interview organized by the Pen American Center.

Liao (pictured, via) is a poet, novelist, musician, and documentarian, once dubbed “the Studs Terkel of China.” The event will take place on the night before the official release of his new book God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist ChinaWen Huang translated the book.

Here’s more from the release: “[Mr. Liao] was denied permission to travel to New York for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature earlier this year, but escaped to Berlin via the Vietnamese border on July 6, 2011. Mr. Liao was imprisoned for four years in the 1990s for his epic poem ‘Massacre [excerpted here],’ a condemnation of the government’s bloody crackdown at Tiananmen Square, and has endured constant harassment since. Though all his books are banned in China, he has continued to write.”

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FSG Editor Lorin Stein Tapped as Editor for The Paris Review

parisreviewcopy.jpgToday The Paris Review board announced that Farrar, Straus and Giroux editor Lorin Stein will replace Philip Gourevitch as the editor of the beloved literary journal. He starts in April.

37-year-old Stein has been a Farrar, Straus and Giroux editor since 1998, working with writers like Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, and James Wood. Titles he edited have won a slew of prizes, including the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Believer Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Here’s a Litblog Co-op interview and here’s a New York interview with the celebrated editor.

Here’s a statement from Stein: “The Paris Review is an institution like nothing else in American letters … It stands for the newest, the best, the most daring in writing and art, and that’s been the case now for more than fifty years. To be entrusted with that tradition is a true honor.”

The complete release is embedded after the jump.

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Paris Review Forms Search Committee to Replace Philip Gourevitch

1000062340L.jpgAfter five years as editor-in-chief of the Paris Review, Philip Gourevitch has stepped down–leaving open one of the most coveted spots in literary journalism.

Most recently, Gourevitch was the co-author of “Standard Operating Procedure.” According to the NY Observer, Paris Review Foundation director Terry McDonnell, New York Review of Books editor Bob Silvers, and Paris Review founder Peter Matthiessen will lead a literary search party to replace the editor.

Gourevitch admitted that he was worn out from working on a new book while editing the journal. Here’s more from the article: “Mr. Gourevitch said he felt like he’d done a pretty good job holding it together, but that he felt ‘extremely exhausted;’ at the end. ‘I didn’t want to do that again,’ he said.”

Report from PEN’s Silenced Writers Event

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Jessica Rotondi from St. Martin’s Minotaur Publicity department was volunteering at the PEN event for Silenced Writers and offers this report of what happened Thursday evening, complementing our earlier report from Amanda ReCupido:

At PEN’s “Bringing Down the Great Firewall of China: Silenced writers speak on the eve of the Olympics,” prominent PEN members Rick Moody, Francine Prose, Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch and others came together to give voice to the works of leading dissidents and writers imprisoned by the Chinese government. The near-capacity crowd in Tishman auditorium also got to hear the voice of one particularly ardent audience member…

The evening’s moment of truth came when dramatist Edward Albee took the stage, drawing a parallel between two countries that he felt suppressed their citizen’s freedom of speech: “The United States of America, and the Peoples Republic of China.” A conspicuous latecomer, sensing that the moment was ripe to test this statement, pumped his fist and shouted: “Long live the People’s Republic of China! Long burn the Olympic torch!”

Albee attempted a dialogue with the protester (after all, the evening was about giving voice to the silenced), but when the latter’s end devolved into ever-louder chants of “Long live the People’s Republic of China! Long burn the Olympic torch!” and “PEN is CIA!” he was escorted outside of the auditorium, where he was allowed to continue his protest.

Albee didn’t miss a beat: “I’m so glad I live in a country where people are allowed to say exactly what they feel.” After the applause subsided, he continued his reading of Shen Noulian’s “Nightmare.”

The heart of the evening was garnering support for the over 40 writers and journalists currently held in Chinese prisons for various attacks on their freedom of speech. Hu Shigen’s “How Big a Character is Xin” spoke for many of the silenced. The piece ends with the author in a prison cell, dreaming of letters from all over the world falling towards him like snowflakes. In the dream, he tries to open the letters, but finds they are blank.

Chen Pokong, in his message from the Independent Chinese PEN Center, urged the outside world not to turn their backs on the struggle for freedom of speech in China once the Olympic athletes have returned home. Members of the audience received a set of ten postcards pre-addressed to imprisoned writers, printed with the phrase “you are not forgotten.”

Pictured above: Hu Shigen from PEN American Center

Weiland Leaves Granta for The Paris Review

The Paris Review announced yesterday that Matt Weiland will be joining the magazine as deputy editor—a new position at the magazine that reflects The Paris Review’s growth under the editorship of Philip Gourevitch. Weiland has been the deputy editor of Granta for four years, and before that worked as an editor at The Baffler and at The New Press.

“Matt is among the sharpest and most versatile editors of both fiction and nonfiction of his generation,” said Gourevitch in the announcement.His experience, his range of interests and tastes, and his grasp of The Paris Review’s traditions and possibilities make him a natural new member of our staff. We look forward to spreading The Paris Review’s wings even wider with Matt here.” We’re still awaiting comment from Weiland about his career change but suffice to say this is a major deal in the literary world, one that is causing considerable excitement in such circles.