Tonight, we will be cohosting “Face to Face: Confronting the Torturers” at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. The event will feature a series of readings from world literature, in which people have literally or figuratively stood face-to-face with their torturers.
The event is part of the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature¸ a week-long celebration of books and writing from around the globe. We’ve assembled a stellar lineup of emerging and established writers who come from countries that have a confronted their own legacies of torture and human rights abuses. The readings range from poetry and prose by Palestinian, Argentine and Yugoslav writers to documents from Stasi files and recent court opinions related to the torture of detainees at Guantánamo.
As the evidence around the globe mounts that the United States tortured hundreds of captives in the “War on Terror,” people of conscience everywhere are watching to see if those who ordered and carried out the abuse will be held accountable. Tonight is sure to be a powerful evening of reflection of the importance of accountability, and we hope you’ll join us!
WHEN: Tonight, Thursday, April 29, 2010, 9:30 – 10:45 p.m.
WHERE: Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York City
TICKETS: $15/$10 for ACLU/PEN members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available through www.joespub.com or (212) 967-7555, or at the door.