Commemorating the first anniversary of the monks’ uprising in which thousands of Buddhist monks protested against Burma’s military dictatorship and the 20th Anniversary of the 1988 pro-democracy protests by millions of ordinary civilians, PEN, The Burma Project of OSI, and the New York Review of Books will join together to honor Burmese writers whose work has been suppressed by the military regime and to support the victims of the recent cyclone. Reading at the event will be Nobel Prize laureate Orhan Pamuk, Booker Prize winners Salman Rushdie and Kiran Desai, the Venerable Ashin Gawsita, Siri Hustvedt, Joseph Lelyveld, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, and George Packer. All proceeds will be donated to the International Burmese Monks Organization (IBMO), a network of Burmese Buddhist monks collecting relief aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Tue., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., 2008