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Above: Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, Kurt Vonnegut, Salman Rushdie, Laurie Anderson.

Involver (media and entertainment activist community) and PEN (national organization of writers) present State of Emergency: Unconventional Readings this Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00pm. An incredible lineup of literary legends convene to address contemporary political threats to freedom of expression.

Scheduled to apprear: Laurie Anderson, Paul Auster, Russell Banks, Michael Cunningham, Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, Ariel Dorfman, Eve Ensler, Jonathan Safran Foer, Barbara Goldsmith, A.M. Homes, A.E. Hotchner, Margo Jefferson, Edward P. Jones, Walter Dean Myers, Francine Prose, Salman Rushdie, Monique Truong, Kurt Vonnegut- and others to be announced!

Fittingly, the reading will be held at Cooper Union's Great Hall, known for its role in American political activism, hosting meetings, speeches, lectures and debates throughout its history. The event is co-sponsored by the Cooper Union Office for Continuing Education and Public Programs.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30, however, Gothamist thinks it would be wise to get there early to get in, let alone get a good seat.

The Great Hall at Cooper Union is located at 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue. For additional information, call the PEN American Center at (212) 334-1660 x107.