Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner

PEN American Center has announced the winners of 18 literary awards, which will be presented Oct. 23 in New York City. The awards--fellowships, grants and prizes--range between $3,000 and $25,000 each and in total amount to nearly $175,000.


Here are the winners, with links to Star Tribune reviews, when  available:

PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction:

"Good Kings Bad Kings," by Susan Nussbaum

PEN/Robert Bingham Award for First Fiction:

"Zazen," by Vanessa Veselka

Runner up: "Leaving the Atocha Station,"  by Ben Lerner (Coffee House Press)

PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction:

E.L. Doctorow.

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award:

"The Information," by James Gleick

Runner up: "Moby-Duck," by Donovan Hohn.

PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Awards for an American Playwright in Mid-Careerand a Master American Dramatist:

Christopher Durang (master dramatist) and Will Eno and Adam Rapp (mid-career playwrights)

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

"Arguably," by Christopher Hitchens

Runners up: "Alibis," by Andre Aciman, and "Lives and Letters," by Robert Gottlieb

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting

"Bottom of the 33rd," by Dan Barry

Runners-up: "Room for Improvement," by John Casey; "56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports," by Kostya Kennedy; and "Raceball," by Rob Ruck

PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing

Dan Jenkins

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

"Catherine the Great," by Robert K. Massie

Runner up: "A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother," by Janny Scott

PEN Open Book Award

"The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India," by Siddhartha Deb

Runners up:

"Water Puppets," by Quan Barry, and "Oil on Water," by Helon Habila

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship

Sarah Dooley

PEN/Steven Kroll Award Honoring the Author of an Illustrated Children's Book

"Never Forgotten," by Patricia C. McKissack

PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry

Toi Derricotte

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

"Negro Marfil/Ivory Black," by Myriam Moscona, translated by Jen Hofer

PEN/Edward and Lily Tuck Award for Paraguayan Literature

"Versos de amor y de locura," by Delfina Acosta

PEN Translation prize

"Stone Upon Stone," by Wieslaw Mysliwski, translated by Bill Johnston

PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation

Margaret Sayers Peden










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