The first annual Algonquin West Hollywood Literary Award Soiree event will be held on Saturday, September 29 at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theatre (8687 Melrose Avenue) at 7:00pm. The event will honor the literary achievements of acclaimed author Mark Salzman and will be a benefit for PEN in the Classroom, a writing program that focuses on under-served high school students in Southern California. Tickets are $20.

The benefit will include a performance of Gertrude Stein's "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene"and a staged reading, "Celebrating Dorothy and Her Friends", created by local theatre artist Michael Kearns and featuring a host of celebrated actors (including Bruce Davison, Mary Jo Catlett, John Glover, Tonya Pinkins, Gordon Thomson, Tony Tripoli and Chloe Webb with Wayne Moore on Piano . Material will be culled largely from the writings of Dorothy Parker and other members of the legendary Algonquin Roundtable (a group of writers, critics, actors and wits who met for lunch every day at New York's Algonquin Hotel in the wake of World War I).

If you are interested in attending, please Corey Roskin at with your name, phone number and number of people in your party. Please also send your check made out to PEN USA to the following address. No actual tickets will be issued, but you will receive a receipt of payment after we receive your check -- and your name will be on a guest list at the door.

Send checks to:

City of West Hollywood
8300 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Attn: Corey Roskin


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