An Event to Remember for Contemporary Fiction Lovers

Our 42nd Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration on May 2, 2022 will honor this year’s distinguished books and authors. This exquisite literary evening will feature presentations by our judges; original readings by our winner and four finalists; and an appearance by Oprah Winfrey, our 2022 PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion.

HONOREES

Nawaaz Ahmed, Finalist
Rabih Alameddine, Finalist
Carolina de Robertis, Finalist
Carolyn Ferrell, Finalist
Imbolo Mbue, Finalist

Oprah Winfrey, Literary Champion

SPECIAL GUESTS

Eugenia Kim, 2022 Judge
Rebecca Makkai, 2022 Judge
Rion Amilcar Scott, 2022 Judge

CO-CHAIRS

Mary & Robert Haft
Katherine Boone & Joshua Geltzer

CELEBRATION TEAM

Literary Lions
Katherine & David Bradley
Wm. Randall Cone
Katherine & Andrew Stephen

Muses
Anonymous
Kay Kendall & Jack Davies
Elizabeth & Michael Galvin
Kate Britton Giaimo & Robert Giaimo
Tracy & Greg McGillivary
Katharine Weymouth

Patrons
Wendy Benchley & John Jeppson
Susan Coll & Paul Goldberg
Ecco Press
Judy Scott Feldman
Renée & Stephen Gardner
Sophia McCrocklin & William Isaacson
Willee & Finlay Lewis
Macmillan Publishers
Louisa & William Newlin
Maureen Orth
Politics & Prose
Joan Simmons

Friends
Anonymous
Lou Bayard
Warren & Amy Belasco
Melinda Buntin
Counterpoint Press
Linda Fisher
Grove Atlantic
John & Meg Hauge
Ingram Content Group
Malcolm & Virginia O’Hagan
Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Penguin Random House
Nancy & Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Jane Evans Ramsay
Deborah Tannen
Emily & Antoine van Agtmael
Jung Yun

OUR GRATITUDE

Maureen Corrigan, Master of Ceremonies
Jessica Hansen, Narration
Really Useful Media, Event Production

2022 Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

“I am beyond excited for receiving this great award. I wish to thank all involved, the PEN/Faulkner board, the judges. This is such an honor. No writer can look at the list of books that have won the PEN/Faulkner Award and not be humbled and honored to have their book listed among them.”
– Rabih Alameddine, Author of The Wrong End of the Telescope

Our 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner and Finalists

The Wrong End of the Telescope

The Wrong End of the Telescope

Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionRabih Alameddine is the author of the novels An Unnecessary Woman; I, the Divine; Koolaid; The Hakawati; and the story collection The Perv. In 2019, he won the Dos Passos Prize. Purchase The Wrong End of the...

Radiant Fugitives

Radiant Fugitives

Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionNawaaz Ahmed was born in Tamil Nadu, India. Before turning to writing, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. He holds an MFA from University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and is the winner of...

The President and the Frog

The President and the Frog

Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionCarolina de Robertis is the author of five novels, including Cantoras, winner of both a Stonewall Book Award and a Reading Women Award, and a finalist for both the Kirkus Prize and a Lambda Literary Award; it was...

Dear Miss Metropolitan

Dear Miss Metropolitan

Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionCarolyn Ferrell is the author of the short-story collection Don’t Erase Me, which received the Art Seidenbaum Award of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize program, the John C. Zacharis Award given by Ploughshares, and...

How Beautiful We Were

How Beautiful We Were

Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionImbolo Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. The novel has been translated into eleven...

OUR 2022 PEN/FAULKNER LITERARY CHAMPION

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, producer, actress and a dedicated philanthropist. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. For over 25 years, Oprah’s Book Club has featured emerging and acclaimed voices in the literary world with over 90 selections to a worldwide community of readers.

Learn more about Oprah.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, is The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers (Scribner) and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2019, Corrigan was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing by the National Book Critics Circle.

Corrigan’s literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading! was published in 2005. Corrigan is also a reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post‘s Book World. In addition to serving on the advisory panel of The American Heritage Dictionary, she has chaired the Mystery and Suspense judges’ panel of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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