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For the Festival’s closing event, PEN welcomes Arundhati Roy, winner of the Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things and author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and My Seditious Heart. In the Festival’s keynote lecture, named for past PEN America president Arthur Miller, Roy will discuss the defense of the collective, of the individual, and of the land, in the face of the destructive logic of financial, social, religious, military, and governmental elites. Following the talk, Roy will join celebrated novelist and journalist Siddhartha Deb for a discussion about the ways in which literature can open up space for justice, rights, and freedoms in an increasingly hostile world.