More than 30 Authors, Including Junot Díaz and Lorrie Moore, Sign Letter in Protest of PEN Award to Charlie Hebdo

Today New York Magazine reports that an email signed by more than 30 writers was sent to PEN on April 26 “disassociating” the authors from a literary gala that would award Charlie Hebdo — the newspaper best known for the January 7 attacks that claimed the lives of many of its editorial staff — with the James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

The signatories, including Junot Díaz, Lorrie Moore, and Rebecca Solnit, wrote that they “do not believe in censoring expression.” Adding: “An expression of views, however disagreeable, is certainly not to be answered by violence or murder.”

“However,” the letter continues, “there is a critical difference between staunchly supporting expression that violates the acceptable, and enthusiastically rewarding such expression.”

The letter, including the complete list of signatories, can be found here.