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Six authors withdraw from PEN gala in protest of Charlie Hebdo award
Six authors withdraw from PEN gala in protest of Charlie Hebdo award

Six authors have withdrawn as literary hosts of the N.Y.-based PEN American Center gala in protest over the pro-free speech group's decision to give the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo a "Freedom of Expression Courage" award. Writers Peter Carey, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and Taiye Selasi have pulled out of the May 5 gala, the New York Times reports, citing what Kushner called the magazine's "cultural intolerance." Charlie Hebdo frequently prints images of the prophet Muhammad, and other cartoons that some Muslims find offensive. The offices of Charlie Hebdo were attacked in January by two gunmen who...

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