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Governor Jerry Brown, Harrison Ford and Anjelica Huston Celebrate Joan Didion at PEN Center USA Awards

by Anne Thompson
October 15, 2013 4:07 PM
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Chris Hedges

Award of Honor


Children's and Young Adult Literature

Michael Harmon , Under the Bridge

Creative Nonfiction

Joy Harjo , Crazy Brave


Dan O'Brien , The Body of an American


Ramona Ausubel , No One is Here Except All of Us

First Amendment

Chris Hedges

Freedom to Write

Sonia Nassery Cole

Graphic Literature


Ed Leibowitz , The Takeover Artist (Los Angeles Magazine)

Lifetime Achievement

Joan Didion


Amanda Auchter , The Wishing Tomb

Research Nonfiction

Seth Rosenfeld , Subversives


Mark Boal , Zero Dark Thirty


Danny Strong , Game Change


Philip Boehm , An Ermine in Czernopol

UC Press Exceptional First Book Award

Randol Contreras , The Stickup KidsExpand


  • I. Mopp | October 15, 2013 9:58 PMReply

    Apparently, Sonia Nassery Cole experienced much of this "adversity" in the good, old USA because even though she didn't pay her film crew what they are contractually owed, didn't bargain in good faith, and didn't credit the main writer of her film, she still managed to make her film. I even read in the NY Times that she told a story that her original lead actress had her feet cut off by rebels, however days later the Times printed a follow up correction of that story revealing it was made up to promote the film. This belittles the real victims of war and terror.

  • Dan | October 15, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    The sleeper story at Pen was the "Freedom to Write" award given to Sonia Nassery Cole. The award given to those who have overcome oppression in order to write, the script itself was actually written by David M. O'Neill who shared co-writing credit on the film. Although Pen USA was notified months earlier, no effort was made to recognize the actual writer of the piece. More of a story here to come... IMDB writersSonia Nassery Cole | David Michael O'Neill

  • Michelle Page | October 15, 2013 5:44 PMReply

    Sonia Nassery Cole was an odd choice for an award. Perhaps she should pay her crew instead of accepting accolades.

  • anonymous | October 15, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    No mention in this article of the Motion Picture Editors Guild IATSE 700 protesting this event because Beverly Hills socialite cum film producer Sonia Nassery Cole hasn't paid her post production workers. Oh yeah, maybe that's because SNAGFILMS which owns this site is also distributing the film... Zoink! Also I thought Chris Hedges quit the PEN organization earlier this year because he thought the leadership had been "hijacked" by government officials who have neo-con tendencies. This award show is losing its credibility...

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