Instead of receiving awards, which Academy Award-winning writer, producer and director Oliver Stone is accustomed to, he will be handing out one at the PEN Center USA's 23rd Literary Awards Festival on October 14th. Stone will present the First Amendment Award to writer Chris Hedges in the ceremony taking place at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
“In the great tradition of American progressive reporting, now increasingly endangered, Chris Hedges has consistently displayed magnificent courage in speaking out against the abuses of our empire, " Oliver Stone said. "I’m honored to give him this award."
Chris Hedges is the best-selling author, notably of "War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning", "Death of the Liberal Class"; and "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt". A senior fellow at The Nation Institute, and has taught at Columbia University, NYU, and Princeton University.
A fixture in literary circles, Hedges has reported from more than fifty countries for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was part of a team of reporters awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002. He is also a regular columnist for Truthdig.
Other award recipients who will be joining Chris Hedges at the PEN Center USA are Joan Didion with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Harrison Ford; Kickstarter, whose founders will receive its Award of Honor; and filmmaker Sonia Nassery Cole, who will receive the Freedom to Write Award. For more information on The 23rd Annual Literary Awards Festival, visit: penusa.org