Disturbing the Peace

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation’s annual Disturbing the Peace Award recognizes writers who share President Vaclav Havel’s passionate commitment to human rights and have suffered unjust persecution for their beliefs. The award is given each year to a writer of a distinguished work of fiction, literary nonfiction, biography, memoire, drama, or poetry, who is courageous in dissent and has been punished for challenging an oppressive regime. The award, which includes a $5,000 cash prize, supports talented individuals who embody Havel’s legacy while drawing attention to the many writers worldwide who bravely fight human rights violations.

Nominations for the award are collected each year from international institutions prominent in literature and human rights. A short list is prepared by the VHLF Award Committee and forwarded to three jurors, who select the awardee.

Awards, Disturbing the peace2021 DISTURBING THE PEACE AWARD TO A COURAGEOUS WRITER AT RISK SOLICITATION OF NOMINATIONS February 26, 2021 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation is soliciting nominations for the 2020 Disturbing the Peace Award to a Creative Writer at Risk. The annual award recognizes writers of distinguished works of fiction, literary nonfiction, biography, memoire, drama, or poetry who are courageous in dissent and have suffered unjust persecution for their …
Awards, Disturbing the peaceAcceptance Speech for 2020 Disturbing the Peace Award Angel Santiesteban Prats December 9, 2020 Accepting this Award fills me with gratitude precisely due to Vaclav Havel’s personality, and his legacy as an artist and politician. It’s an honor for me that his name will be in my company from this moment forward. Through this recognition I would like to bring global attention to the 61 …
Disturbing the peace, NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation Announces Angel Santiesteban Prats as the 2020 Winner, Disturbing the Peace, Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk July 31, 2020 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation announced today that the winner of the 2020 Disturbing the Peace, Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk is Cuban author Angel Santiesteban Prats. Angel Santiesteban Prats is a renowned Cuban short-story writer, social commentator, and blogger. He has been published around the world and …
Disturbing the peaceDisturbing the Peace Award 2020: Short List of Nominees Announced June 7, 2020 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation’s Disturbing the Peace Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk was established in 2016 to honor distinguished writers of fiction and non-journalistic non-fiction who have been unjustly punished for challenging oppressive regimes. The award recognizes writers who share the values of Vaclav Havel, the Czech …
Awards, Disturbing the peace2020 DISTURBING THE PEACE AWARD TO A COURAGEOUS WRITER AT RISK SOLICITATION OF NOMINATIONS March 4, 2020 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation is soliciting nominations for the 2020 Disturbing the Peace Award to a Creative Writer at Risk. The annual award recognizes writers of distinguished works of fiction, literary nonfiction, biography, memoire, drama, or poetry who are courageous in dissent and have suffered unjust persecution for their …
Awards, Disturbing the peaceAslı Erdoğan’s letter to Vaclav Havel Library Foundation October 1, 2019 September 26, 2019 Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Award Acceptance Speech Aslı Erdoğan Prefaced by Sevinç Türkkan It is such honor for me to stand before you today as Aslı Erdoğan’s translator and accept this meaningful award on her behalf. I am also deeply troubled to see that the scars of …
Awards, Disturbing the peaceVaclav Havel Library Foundation Announces Asli Erdogan as the 2019 Winner, Disturbing the Peace, Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk August 20, 2019 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation announced today that the winner of the 2019 Disturbing the Peace, Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk is Turkish author Asli Erdogan. Erdogan is the author of eight best-selling works of fiction and essays, including her best-known novel, The City in Crimson Cloak (Soft …
Awards, Disturbing the peaceDisturbing the Peace Award 2019: Short List of Nominees Announced June 23, 2019 Disturbing the Peace Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk is given annually to a writer of a distinguished work of fiction, literary nonfiction, biography/memoir, drama, or poetry, who is courageous in dissent and has been punished for challenging an oppressive regime. The five nominees for 2019 include Ahmet Altan …
Awards, Disturbing the peace, NewsReality Czech: The Hundredth Anniversary of the Founding of Czechoslovakia October 11, 2018 Gala Event: Thursday, September 27, 2018 Vaclav Havel Library Foundation & Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association Gala 2018 with guest of honor MADELEINE ALBRIGHT.
Awards, Disturbing the peace, NewsAcceptance Speech for the 2018 Annual Disturbing the Peace Literary Prize for a Courageous Writer at Risk October 3, 2018 Source: China Change / www.chinachange.org / By Liao Yiwu / I thank the award committee for conferring this honor upon me. The award is named for Vaclav Havel’s first work, his autobiography Disturbing the Peace. When translated into Chinese, however, the title of this work means about the same as …
Awards, Disturbing the peace, NewsTHE POWER OF THE POWERLESS IN CHINA (Panel Discussion) August 22, 2018 Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5 PM Bohemian National Hall Presented by VHLF and NED The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation will be hosting a panel discussion entitled The Power of the Powerless in China during the Rehearsal for Truth theater festival taking place during the week of 25 – 29 September …
Awards, Disturbing the peace, NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation Announces Liao Yiwu as the 2018 Winner, Disturbing the Peace, Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk August 2, 2018 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation announced today that the winner of the 2018 Disturbing the Peace, Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk is Chinese author, reporter, musician and poet – Liao Yiwu (aka Lao Wei). As a vocal critic of China’s Communist regime, he spent four years in prison …
Awards, Disturbing the peace, NewsDisturbing the Peace Award: Short List of Nominees Announced July 5, 2018 Every year The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation recognizes writers who share Havel’s passionate commitment to human rights and have suffered unjust persecution for their beliefs. The award for a Courageous Writer at Risk is given each year to a writer of a distinguished work of fiction, literary nonfiction, biography/memoir, drama, …
Disturbing the peace, NewsTurkish Novelist Burhan Sönmez to Recieve the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation’s “Disturbing the Peace” Award September 11, 2017 Turkish Novelist Burhan Sönmez to Recieve the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation’s “Disturbing the Peace” Award The Kurdish novelist Burhan Sönmez is 2017 recipient of the Disturbing the Peace Award. The Disturbing the Peace Award is awarded annually to a distinguished writer of fiction, literary nonfiction, biography, memoire, or drama, who …
Disturbing the peace, EventsDISTURBING THE PEACE 2017 August 17, 2017 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation’s Disturbing the Peace Award recognizes writers who share Havel’s passionate commitment to human rights and have suffered unjust persecution for their beliefs. The award is given each year to a writer of a …