World Press Freedom Day Open Mic Night

BookBar and Pen America are teaming up to bring you World Press Freedom Day Open Mic Night. 

Special guest readers to be announced! Get here early to secure your own spot to read your own journalistic stories. 

PEN America Press Freedom Manifesto

World Press Freedom Day

We the people believe in the power of a free press. 

We believe fact-based news reporting informs us all, revealing important truths about our communities, bolstering our understanding of civic life from school boards and city council meetings to national elections, and enabling us to speak truth to power about the issues that matter most. 

We believe a free press underpins democracy, uncovering stories that expose injustice and corruption, fostering knowledge for holding the powerful accountable, and cultivating space for dialogue and participation. 

We believe journalists elevate our humanity through storytelling, inspiring individuals to come together, celebrating heroes, and identifying opportunities to engage across differences in ideas, politics, arts, and culture. 

In sharing this belief, we come together today - and every day - to protect journalists and defend a free press for all the ways they touch our lives.


Event date: 
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm