PEN America has canceled its prestigious 2024 awards ceremony after nearly half the writers nominated for a prize withdrew their work in protest of the organization’s stance on the war in Gaza. The group, which is dedicated to free expression, announced on Monday the cancellation of the April 29 awards in New York City.

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