Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in Prison

Thursday, July 25, 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Apexart Galleries
291 Church St, New York, NY


Event of Note: 

How do prisoners kill time in prison? Why do kids become fanatic terrorists in Egyptian jails? What books can and can’t you read in prison? How do you hide your written novel inside one’s body? Don’t you agree that Dostoevsky is a funny writer? What is the difference between books that the British embassy gives to its people and books the American embassy gives?

Join for a discussion exploring all of these questions and more, with Egyptian novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji. Naji, recipient of the 2016 PEN/Barbey Freedom To Write Award, was sentenced to two years in prison when a literary magazine published a chapter of his novel. Come hear about how and why he continued to write in prison, and his new novel, which features illustrations by Yassin Mohamed.

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This event is presented is a collaboration between apexart and PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC).

Image: Ahmed Naji (Photograph); Yassin Mohamed, The Swing, 2018, ink and color pencil on paper.