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Does ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Deserve PEN’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award? A Conversation

Earlier this week, six authors — Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Peter Carey, and Taiye Selasi — announced their withdrawal as literary hosts of this year’s PEN America gala, over the group’s acknowledgment of Charlie Hebdo with its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award. Responding to what Kushner referred to as the magazine’s “ … Read More

Six Authors Withdraw from PEN Gala in Protest of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Honor

last monthArts : Hyperallergic

Celebrated writers Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Taiye Selasi, Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, and Francine Prose have withdrawn fromthis year’s annual PEN American Center gala, citing discomfort with the organization’s plan to honor French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Boycotting the PEN Awards Might Be the Least Productive Way to Publicly Condemn Charlie Hebdo

This weekend, six writers—Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Peter Carey, Teju Cole, Francine Prose, and Taiye Selasi—withdrew from the PEN America gala in very public protest. The organizers of the event, a black-tie affair tied to PEN’s...Show More Summary

“Rejecting the assassin’s veto,” PEN to honor Charlie Hebdo

And very appropriately, too. But at least six literati, including Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, and novelist and New Yorker contributor Teju Cole, have withdrawn from next month’s gala to express distaste for the murdered cartoonists, a gesture about which Matt Welch has a few comments. Show More Summary

PEN and Salman Rushdie’s Disappointing Response to Authors Who Refuse to Celebrate ‘Charlie Hebdo’

Six writers — Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Peter Carey, and Taiye Selasi — will … Read More

So Far So Good

Recommended reading (and reading, and reading): Oyster has listed the “100 Best Books of the Decade So Far,” led by Teju Cole‘s Open City, which was reviewed for the Millions here.

What We're Reading This Week: Airbnb, American Sign Language, 'Hausfrau'

The newly revamped New York Times Magazine—expanded with a refreshed look, new features and contributors like Teju Cole (on photography), Jenna Wortham (on internet culture), and Troy Patterson (on fashion). This week’s Global IssueShow More Summary

Shorties (Windham Campbell Prize Winners, New Godspeed You! Black Emperor Music, and more)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Windham Campbell Prizes, including Largehearted Book Notes contributors Teju Cole and Ivan Vladislavic. Stream new music from Godspeed You! Black Emperor's forthcoming album Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress. The Atlantic pondered why author...

Windham Campbell prizes go to Geoff Dyer, Teju Cole, others

3 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The nine recipients of the 2015 Windham Campbell Prizes were announced Tuesday morning. Each writer will receive a $150,000 prize.

Charlie Hebdo: Unmournable Frenchies

5 months agoTechnology : Pando Daily

There was a weird smell to the Anglo media’s stories on the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a stench uncommonly like gloating. Before the 12 bodies were even cold, the New Yorker published a sermon by Teju Cole, in which he pronounced the dead...Show More Summary

James Franco, Teju Cole, & Salman Rushdie Get Booked

6 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Here 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. Actor James Franco will sign copies of his new book, Hollywood Dreaming. Show More Summary

The Reading Habits Of Writers

The Believer asked a bevy of writers about why and what they read. And where: Alice Bolin: I read in bed or outside on the bench at my boyfriend’s house. I love reading outside. Teju Cole: Everywhere. How long does it take to pee? Twenty-five seconds? I like to have something in hand even while […]

Writers on Reading

How do writers read? Elisa Gabbert asked ten writers, including Teju Cole and Laura Van Der Berg (who wrote about her pet wolf Natasha for The Millions), about their reading habits for The Believer.

Books - Teju Cole - Open City

A reader will follow this dense meditation wherever it wanders

“The Boko Haram Of AIDS”

Teju Cole deftly sends up CNN’s characterization of Ebola as “the ISIS of biological agents”: Is Ebola the ISIS of biological agents? Is Ebola the Boko Haram of AIDS? Is Ebola the al-Shabaab of dengue fever? Some say Ebola is the Milosevic of West Nile virus. Others say Ebola is the Ku Klux Klan of […]

“Both Easy And Difficult To Look At”

Teju Cole also describes the work of artist Wangechi Mutu as “seductive in their patterning, grotesque in their themes”: [Mutu] calls herself “an irresponsible anthropologist and irrational scientist.” Charged with historical misuses of science, her images underscore the way female bodies can act as measuring devices of any society’s health. Her women respond to their […]

How To Contain An Epidemic

Teju Cole shares a heartening report about Nigeria’s successful public health response to the Ebola crisis: Meanwhile, Jon Cohen suggests that Ebola survivors could help stem the spread of the disease: As far back as 431 B.C., the Athenian historian Thucydides recognized that people who survived the plague made for excellent caregivers. As Thucydides wrote: […]

Shorties (Marin Amis and Ian McEwan in Conversation, Sheila E.'s New Memoir, and more)

The Telegraph interviewed authors Martin Amis and Ian McEwan. Sheila E. talked to All Things Considered about her new memoir The Beat of My Own Drum. Read an excerpt from the book. Foreign Policy interviewed author Teju Cole. Ryan Adams...

Epiphanies From Teju Cole

The Nigerian-American novelist discusses the pitfalls of hashtag activism, the destructiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and that time he dreamed about meeting Obama at a Brooklyn house party.

Epiphanies From Teju Cole

The Nigerian-American novelist discusses the pitfalls of hashtag activism, the destructiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and that time he dreamed about meeting Obama at a Brooklyn house party.

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