Jared Leto, James Franco Among Presenters at 25th Annual Literary Awards

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Mary Lynn Rajskub will host the ceremony that will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The 25th Annual Literary Awards festival put on by PEN Center USA will take place on Nov. 16 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, with a slew of talent slated to present and attend.

Suicide Squad actor and Oscar winner Jared Leto will present the First Amendment Award to John Kiriakou, who is the first CIA officer and whistleblower to confirm the torture of detainees using waterboarding.

James Franco will deliver remarks on PEN Center's free expression advocacy work.

Daniel Ellsberg, the activist known for leaking the Pentagon Papers, will present the prestigious Award of Honor to nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica.

Nic Pizzolatto, the writer behind HBO True Detective, will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to director Francis Ford Coppola, whose decades-spanning work includes The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.

Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay will receive the Freedom to Write Award, with The Literary Awards going to Meghan Daum, Claudia Rankine, Noah Hawley, and screenwriter Graham Moore.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is known for her role on the Fox series 24, will host the event. 

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