Now Write! Nonfiction contributor: Rezla Aslan at PEN AMERICA – Los Angeles

Rezla Aslan joins founder of The Black List, Franklin Leonard for a deep discussion on Saturday, May 13 in Los Angeles.

This program is co-presented by PEN AMERICA and The Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

TOPIC: Online Harassment and the Threat to Free Expression

Around the world, writers and journalists have been increasingly targeted for their work by waves of online harassment. From the missives of QAnon, to the rise of hate speech on Twitter, and the use of doxxing to weaponize an adversary’s personal information, our political context is building a perfect storm of harassment with ever-shifting targets.

Now Write! Nonfiction contributor and bestselling author Reza Aslan (An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth) and The Black List founder Franklin Leonard for a conversation on the polarized climate in the United States, amidst the movement for human rights in Iran, and around the world. Together, they will discuss how antagonism in online spaces within this fractious moment launches outwards into offline reality, and the insidious impact of harassment on writers, scholars, and creators.


Author and journalist Jean Guerrero.

Time and Place:

Sat. May 13, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Free to attend but reservations required:


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