Episode 12 of our podcast features the 2012 PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony and Memorial Reading, which took place at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7th.
Established by Bernard Malamud’s family to honor excellence in the art of the short story, the prize has been awarded annually since 1988 and this year honored author James Salter. Among Salter’s many works of fiction and non-fiction are two remarkable story collections, Dusk (1988) and Last Night (2005). The latter collection leads with the story “Comet,” which Salter read to a packed house at the ceremony.
This episode also includes introductory remarks by PEN/Faulkner’s Executive Director, Emma Snyder; author, literary critic, and longtime PEN/Faulkner board member Alan Cheuse; and Janna Malamud Smith, author and daughter of Bernard Malamud, who presents the PEN/Malamud award on behalf of the Malamud family and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation each year.
Special thanks to the Folger Shakespeare Library and to Amazon.com, who make this podcast possible, and to Benedict Kupstas, who composed our theme music.