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May 15, 2012 - Graywolf Press Presents Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

What: Fundraiser and dinner in New York City

Where: Century Association

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $250 for individuals; $2,500-$10,000 table sponsors

Staff: Fiona McCrae, Director and Publisher; Marisa Atkinson, Marketing and Publicity Associate; Sara Barnaby, Accountant; Kit Briem, Development and Managing Director; Katie Dublinski, Associate Publisher; Brigid Hughes, A Public Space, Contributing Editor; Leslie Koppenhaver, Sales and Business Manager; Erin Kottke, Publicity Director; Casey Peterson, Administrative Assistant; Stephanie Shockley, Development Assistant; Jeffrey Shotts, Senior Editor; Steve Woodward, Assistant Editor

Board of Directors: Betsy Hannaford (chair), Ronnie Brooks, Colin Hamilton, Shirley Hughes, Georgia Murphy Johnson, John Junek, Ed McConaghay, Glenn Miller, Jennifer Melin Miller, Leni Moore, Wenda Moore, Bruno Quinson, Gail See, Kim Severson, Kate Tabner, Kim Vappie, Joanne Von Blon, Melinda Ward

In cooperation with Public Radio International, Graywolf Press presented a celebration of the publication June Fourth Elegies by 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.A well-heeled crowd gathered at the Century Association on Tuesday evening to listen to a riveting program by the icon for civil and human rights.

Liu Xiaobo has become the foremost symbol of the struggle for human rights in China. He was a leading activist during the Tiananmen Square protests and an author of Charter 08, the manifesto of fundamental human rights published in 2008.  Liu is currently serving an eleven-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power.”

Translated from the Chinese by award-winning poet Jeffrey Yang (Vanishing-Line and An Aquarium), June Fourth Elegies is a collection of poems remembering fellow protesters at Tiananmen Square. We are excited to be joined for this event by Yang, novelist Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy), and Mary Kay Magistad, Asia correspondent for Public Radio International.  

Graywolf Press was founded in Port Townsend, Washington in 1974 by Scott Walker. The first works included limited edition chapbooks of poetry, which were printed on a letterpress and hand-sewn by Walker and his colleagues. Graywolf has since expanded to include novels, short stories, memoirs and essays, as well as poetry, and has become well established in the literary and art world, with many award winners, accolades and distinguished prize winners. They are now based in Minneapolis. For additional information, log on to


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