Critical Mass

Coming Next Week: NBCC Honors PEN Beyond Margins Awards Celebrating Writers of Color


PEN BEYOND MARGINS AWARDS: Celebrating Writers of Color
Tuesday, October 14
7 p.m.

Bruno Walter Auditorium:Library for the Performing Arts
Entrance at 111 Amsterdam Avenue Between W. 65th and W. 64th Streets
Free admission

PEN Literary Awards Chair Elissa Schappell and host Peter Cameron invite you to attend an evening of readings and conversation honoring the winners of the 2008 PEN Beyond Margins Awards.

Chris Abani for “Song for Night”
Amiri Baraka for “Tales of the Out & the Gone”
Frances Hwang for “Transparency”
Naeem Murr for “The Perfect Man”
Joseph M. Marshall III for “The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn”

This event is FREE but seating is limited. Please RSVP to (212) 334-1660, ext. 108.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2008NBCC/PEN Beyond Margins: A Critical Perspective
When: Wednesday, October 15
Where: Housing Works Used Bookstore Café: 126 Crosby Street, NYC
What time: 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.


Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer award winning critic and PEN member

Rigoberto Gonzalez, NBCC board member, poet/memoirist/novelist/El Paso Times, Rutgers

Jabari Assim, Scholar in Residence, U of llinois/ChampaignUrbana,editor, Crisis magazine

Joseph M. Marshall III, novelist, 2008 PEN Beyond Margins award winner

Ibrahim Ahmad, Akashic Books, editor of two 2008 PEN Beyond Margins
award winning books, by Chris Abani and Amari Baraka.

Moderator, Jane Ciabattari, NBCC president and PEN member.