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Paul Simon to Receive PEN America’s Literary Service Award

Paul Simon, the renowned musician behind timeless classics like “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “The Sound of Silence,” is set to be honored with PEN America’s PEN/Audible Literary Service Award. This prestigious award, previously bestowed upon notable figures such as former President Barack Obama and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, recognizes Simon’s significant contributions to literature and culture.

At 82 years old, Simon’s influence extends far beyond the realm of music. Known for his eclectic musical style and exploration of diverse cultures, he has captivated audiences worldwide. His ability to weave together storytelling and melody has earned him a place as a cultural icon.

PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel praised Simon’s impact, noting his ability to transcend boundaries and foster appreciation for different musical traditions. She highlighted his commitment to humanitarian causes and emphasized his role in broadening perspectives through music.

Simon will be presented with the award at PEN’s annual gala, scheduled for May 16 at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The event will celebrate his remarkable career and enduring legacy.

In addition to honoring Simon, PEN America will recognize Almar Latour, CEO of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, with the Business Visionary award. Latour’s dedication to press freedom and his efforts to secure the release of journalist Evan Gershkovich from detention in Russia have been commendable.

The awards ceremony underscores PEN’s commitment to championing free expression and celebrating individuals who have made significant contributions to literature, journalism, and the arts.

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