Independent Chinese PEN Center Holds Seminar in Chengdu to Honor Writers in Exile

April 26, 2005

According to its Web site, the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) held a seminar at a tea house in Chengdu on April 23 to discuss "Liu Binyan and The Immortal Exiles (a book dedicated to Liu Binyan’s 80th birthday)." More than forty writers, poets, and scholars attended the seminar, which was co-sponsored by Chengdu's Caotang Reading Society.

On October 30, 2004, ICPC held a meeting near Beijing, where ICPC president Liu Xiaobo presented the Second Freedom to Write Award to Zhang Yihe for her work "Days of Old Do Not Disappear Like Smoke." Two months later Chinese authorities detained three ICPC members, including Liu.