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Stephen King to Receive 2018 Pen America Literacy Service Award

Published on January 16th, 2018 | Updated on January 17th, 2018 | By FanFest

Award-winning author Stephen King will be adding yet another accolade to his collection. Best known for his unrestricted tales of horror, Mr. King is considered one of the most controversial writers of our time. Passionately supporting that freedom of expression has earned him much respect in the literary field. It is no wonder that on May 22nd, at this year’s Pen America Literary Gala, Mr. King will receive the Pen America Literacy Service Award that is presented to a critically-acclaimed author whose works represents Pen America’s stance against all forms of repression.

“No stranger to the dark side, Stephen King has inspired us to stand up to sinister forces through his rich prose, his generous philanthropy, and his outspoken defense of free expression. Stephen has fearlessly used his bully pulpit as one of our country’s best-loved writers to speak out about the mounting threats to free expression and democracy that are endemic to our times. His vivid storytelling reaches across boundaries to captivate multitudes of readers, young and old, in this country and worldwide, across the political spectrum. He helps us all to confront our demons—whether a dancing clown or a tweeting president.” Andrew Solomon, President, PEN America

Whether a Stephen King fan or not, I think we can all agree that having the ability to express oneself freely is what allows us to be our authentic selves. Writing, art, photography, music…. these are all things for which I am grateful to enjoy in all their unique artistry. Thank you Mr. King, for taking The Stand! 😉

Source: Pen America

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