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92NY Suspends Literary Events as Writers Protest Censorship of Gaza Assault Critic Viet Thanh Nguyen

HeadlineOct 24, 2023

Here in New York, the prestigious community and cultural center 92NY — formerly the 92nd Street Y — has temporarily postponed its literary reading series, as it faces growing backlash for canceling an event with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen over his criticism of Israeli violence on Palestinians and calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. In response, a number of writers scheduled to participate in the monthslong series pulled out, while several 92NY staff resigned from their jobs. Writer and critic Andrea Long Chu, who is among those who pulled out of the series, referred to 92NY as a “pro-war nonprofit.”

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