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Mon, Mar 28


Online via Zoom


Author Event with CEO of PEN America Suzanne Nossel. Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC and Congregation B'nai Shalom.

Registration will begin soon.

Time & Location

Mar 28, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

About the Event

Join Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, as she discusses her new book. She will provide a pathway for promoting free expression while also cultivating a more inclusive public culture. In Dare to Speak, Nossel--a leading voice in support of free expression--delivers an important guide to maintaining democratic debate. JUST SOME OF THE BOOK'S GREAT REVIEWS

"Should all speech be free? If not, who controls it? This brave, wise, succinct book is a must-read for writers, speakers, teachers, journalists, and, well, anyone who talks.” -- Margaret Atwood, bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

“In our censorious age of easy outrage, when it’s harder than ever to defend our right to express contentious ideas, Suzanne Nossel remains convinced that bigotry and intolerance can be fought without giving way on the principle of free speech, and makes her case eloquently, and—even better—usefully. An authoritative, essential book.” -- Salman Rushdie, bestselling author of The Golden House and The Satanic Verses

“To move forward as a country demands that we focus on how to talk and listen across vast differences of opinion, without shutting down others’ speech or closing our ears. Suzanne Nossel offers a much needed, cogent and compelling blueprint for reviving our stalled national conversation by helping all of us to speak, listen, and be heard.” -- Hillary Rodham Clinton

“As a prominent defender of outspoken wordsmiths, Suzanne Nossel knows a thing or two about free speech, and she makes a powerful case that freedom of expression is not just compatible but necessary for the advancement of equality and human rights.” -- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of Enlightenment Now

“In this courageous, inspiring, and pellucid book, Suzanne Nossel unpacks the complicated ambiguities that have accrued around free speech in America. Without ever being reductive, Nossel makes the arguments not only comprehensible, but also thrillingly urgent. Her call to defend our most basic liberty could not come at a more important time; it is a moral outcry against a pernicious injustice that grows ever more prevalent at home and abroad. It is written with wit, but is at its heart an earnest and optimistic call to action.” -- Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far From the Tree

“Exceedingly sane and thus indispensable.” -- Dave Eggers, author of The Captain and the Glory

You may purchase Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All by Suzanne Nossel at: 

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Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC and Congregation B'nai Shalom.





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