Dec. 4th: The PEN/Malamud Award Honoring Deborah Eisenberg

Author Deborah Eisenberg poses for a portrait in her home on September 16, 2009 in Charlottesville, VA.

The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story: Honoring Deborah Eisenberg

Friday, December 4th, 2015  |  7:30 PM
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Folger Shakespeare Library – Old Reading Room
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 
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Given since 1988 in honor of the late Bernard Malamud, this award recognizes a body of work demonstrating excellence in the art of short fiction. This year we will honor Deborah Eisenberg, making her the fourth writer to have won both the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.

 

Eisenberg - CollectedDeborah Eisenberg is the author most recently of The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, which contains the works published in her four short story collections: Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, All Around Atlantis, and Twilight of the Superheroes. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many other honors and awards. She is the 2011 recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, making her the fourth writer to have won both the PEN/Faulkner and PEN/Malamud Awards. She teaches at Columbia University.

“Eisenberg is a necessary writer because in a culture in which we think we’ve seen and heard everything, she demonstrates that…there are things yet to discover about what it’s like to be a person in the world.”

– Ben Marcus 


 

About the Award

Malamud - small with both armsThe PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story was established by Bernard Malamud’s family to honor excellence in the art of short fiction. The basis of the award fund was a gift from the Malamud family. The fund continues to grow through the generosity of friends, supporters, and Reading Series subscribers. The readings and the fund are administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. A panel of PEN/Faulkner directors forms the selection committee for the awards.