LitFest Gala

LitFest Gala
November 1, 2019, 6pm

Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills

PEN America Litfest Gala 2019


2019 Honorees

Celebrating champions of free expression

LA Committee Co-Chairs
David Francis, Moira Griffin, Robert Perrin

2019 LitFest Gala Chair
Jamie Wolf

LA and Gala Committee Members
Bonnie Abaunza*, Leslie Belzberg, Laura Bickford, Jade Chang, David Ebershoff, Kathy Eldon*, Matt Galsor, Dana Johnson, David Kaye, Neal Koch*, Kat Kramer*, Christine La Monte*, Franklin Leonard, Micky Levy*, M.G. Lord, Marvin and Keri Putnam, Carrie and Ken Richman*, Howard A. Rodman, Danna Rosenthal*, Seth Schachner, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Nicole A. Tetreault, David Ulin, Maya Windholz, Sholeh Wolpé, KK Wootton, Tom Zoellner
*Gala Committee Only

Michelle Franke, Executive Director, Los Angeles


About LitFest Gala

The PEN America LitFest Gala is a highlight of the Los Angeles literary and social calendars, with over 500 guests and an impressive group of leading writers and creatives who sit among them as Literary Hosts. 

Each year, the event brings together impassioned tributes, conversation, and levity before an esteemed audience of authors, screenwriters, producers, showrunners, executives, philanthropists, actors, and devotees of the written word who share a commitment to the robust defense of creative freedom in Los Angeles and around the world.

Proceeds from PEN America’s LitFest Gala support initiatives including: advocacy for writers, journalists, and artists threatened or imprisoned worldwide; landmark research that addresses critical free speech issues; and the advancement of literary excellence and cross-cultural exchanges through hallmark initiatives, including the World Voices Festival of International Literature, PEN America’s Literary Awards, and fellowship and grants programs.

Recently honored luminaries and participants include Ai Weiwei, Barry Jenkins, Marti Noxon, Gillian Flynn, Roxane Gay, Isabel Allende, Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Atwood, Janet Mock, Norman Lear, Guillermo del Toro, Amber Tamblyn, Aisha Tyler, Amy Poehler, and Cecile Richards.

Past LitFest Galas

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