Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle will be the Publisher Honoree at the May 5 PEN Literary Gala, it was announced today by the PEN American Center, which also revealed that the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage award will go to the staff of Paris’ satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, and Tom Stoppard will receive PEN’s highest accolade, the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.
Mr. Dohle is being honored for his leadership role in the global literary community. PEN Executive Director Suzanne Nossel said, “Penguin Random House has been among PEN’s most stalwart supporters, with a history of resisting censorship and promoting reverence for the written word. Markus Dohle’s passionate leadership has helped galvanize an industry amid transformation, bringing energy and vision that are fueling reinvention in a dynamic and fertile new era of literary creativity.”
The recipient of the Freedom to Write Award, presented annually to an imprisoned writer persecuted for exercising his or her right to free expression, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The PEN Gala will take place at New York’s Museum of Natural History and kick off the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which will feature a multitude of events in New York City from May 4-10. Read the full PEN press release here for more details about the PEN festival, the Gala, and the honorees.