Neil Gaiman leads authors stepping in to back Charlie Hebdo PEN award

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I like Neil Gaiman and I'm so glad he is in support of giving Charlie Hebdo Pen award.


I'm also met Art Spiegelman attending a Pen event, and at the talk, he did speak about the important of freedom of expression. And true to his words, he back Charlie Hebdo getting the reward. 


This would stay with me for a long time. 


So happy to read Paul Auster, another one of my favorite writers are supporting this as well. 


"So many writers have come out to express their support for freedom of expression. 

Gaiman tweeted: “I’ll be hosting a table at the PEN event because it’s important.” He told the Associated Press in an email: “I was honoured to be invited to host a table. The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists are getting an award for courage: They continued putting out their magazine after the offices were firebombed, and the survivors have continued following the murders.”


“They died for their beliefs. The award is for courage that transcends our like or dislike of them,” Nafisi tweeted this weekend. She also wrote: “PEN award to CH is recognition of the writers’ & artists’ rights to ‘disturb the peace,’ regardless of the price”."


Here is a good writers list that worth a mention. 


Neil Gaiman

Alison Bechdel

Art Spiegelman

Azar Nafisi

George Packer

Alain Mabanckou

Paul Auster

Siri Hustvedt

Simon Schama

Richard Ford

Sara Paretsky

Salman Rushdie