As writers, publishers, and believers in the power of language, we know how vital the First Amendment and free expression are to ensuring that books of all kinds are published for readers with every interest, from everywhere.
At Penguin Random House, we view one of our most important roles as standing for and defending these freedoms, and one of our greatest partners and allies in this cause continues to be PEN America. PEN’s mission to defend free expression, elevate marginalized voices, and foster dialogue across boundaries mirrors and builds upon our core values.
Earlier this month, Markus Dohle, our CEO, announced a continued commitment to PEN America through an extension of an opportunity for members of our Penguin Random House community to join with PEN America in support of these principles. From now until December 31, 2017, Penguin Random House will match membership dues, offering all of our authors a one-year Writing Professionals PEN membership for just $62.50—half the normal cost of annual membership dues for 2018. You can take advantage of this by visiting www.pen.org/join and using the special code found in this Author Portal post.
As a member of PEN America, you will receive regular updates on free-expression priorities in the U.S. and globally. You will have opportunities to raise your voice as an advocate for free speech and writers at risk, and be invited to literary events that celebrate writers and their works. You will also have access to PEN America’s staff for guidance and support in fighting censorship and advancing literature as a means for mutual understanding. Visit the PEN America website to learn more about the organization’s newest initiatives and to sign up.