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Special PEN Tribute to Howard Zinn
champion of writers and independent publishers

Howard Zinn

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010, 2:00 PM

First Parish Cambridge, Harvard Square

Please join us for a panel discussion celebrating Zinn's legacy to the writing
and publishing community.  The program will also feature:

The Vasyl Stus Award presented to


The Thomas Paine Award presented to

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Panel Participants:
Helene Atwan began her career in publishing at Random House in 1976; she worked at A.A.Knopf, Viking Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Simon and Schuster, before being named director of Beacon Press in 1995.  She served for eight years on the board of PEN-New England and is the Administrator of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.

Martin Espada has been called "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors."  He has published seventeen books in all as a poet, editor, essayist and translator.  The Republic of Poetry, a collection of poems, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he teaches creative writing and the work of Pablo Neruda.

Marc Favreau is the editorial director of The New Press.  Authors he has worked with include Ira Berlin, Eric Hobsbawm, Lloyd Gardner, Nelson Lichtenstein, Ellen Schrecker, and Patricia Sullivan.  A co-editor of Remembering Slavery, he lives in New York City.

Dave Zirin is the sports editor for The Nation magazine and was named one of the UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World."  Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN, and Democracy Now.  He also hosts his own weekly Sirius XM show, Edge of Sports Radio.  His books include What's My Name Fool?, A People's History of Sports in the United States, and Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Forum and Amnesty International

In honor of Banned Books Week and in the spirit of Howard Zinn's lifelong dedication to speaking truth to power, please join us afterward for an Amnesty International "Write-A-Thon" where you will have the opportunity to sign letters protesting the imprisonment and oppression of writers around the world.

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