Tuesday, November 9, 2010

PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists) Awards 2010

PEN American Center, the largest branch of the oldest literary and human rights organization, has announced the winners of the 2010 PEN Literary Awards.  Each year PEN confers over $100,000 to writers, editors, and translators.  The following winners and runners-up were honored on October 13th in New York City:

Don DeLillo--Achievement in American Fiction
Susan Choi--Fiction Writer in Mid-Career
Marilyn Hacker--Poetry

Tinkers by Paul Harding
In the Valley of the Kings by Terrence Holt
Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare
by Jonathan Bate
Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
by Graham Farmelo
Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson
by Wil Haygood
Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town
by Warren St. John

On the opposite coast, PEN USA (West Coast), unveiled the winners of its 2010 Literary Awards competition.  The winners and finalists will be honored at the Beverly Hills Hotel on November 17, 2010.  Past winners include: Ray Bradbury, Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gore Vidal, and Alice Walker.

Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato
The Heydey of the Insensitive Bastards by Robert Boswell
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing by Charles Bowden
The Adderall Diaries by Stephen Elliott
Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
by Robin Kelley

International PEN, PEN USA, and PEN American Center all strive to protect the rights of writers around the world and to stimulate interest in the written word.

For further information:

International PEN--http://www.internationalpen.org.uk/--was founded in London in 1921 after World War I. Today they are composed of 145 centers in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

PEN American Center--http://www.pen.org/--was founded in 1922 and is the largest of the centers in 101 countries.

PEN Center USA--http://www.penusa.org/--is one of the two centers in the United States and the third largest in the world.  It was founded in 1943 and has a membership of more than 800 writers.

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