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.
Nawaaz Ahmed, Finalist
Rabih Alameddine, Finalist
Carolina de Robertis, Finalist
Carolyn Ferrell, Finalist
Imbolo Mbue, Finalist
Oprah Winfrey, Literary Champion
Eugenia Kim, 2022 Judge
Rebecca Makkai, 2022 Judge
Rion Amilcar Scott, 2022 Judge
Mary & Robert Haft
Katherine Boone & Joshua Geltzer
Katherine & David Bradley
Wm. Randall Cone
Katherine & Andrew Stephen
Kay Kendall & Jack Davies
Elizabeth & Michael Galvin
Kate Britton Giaimo & Robert Giaimo
Tracy & Greg McGillivary
Wendy Benchley & John Jeppson
Susan Coll & Paul Goldberg
Judy Scott Feldman
Renée & Stephen Gardner
Sophia McCrocklin & William Isaacson
Willee & Finlay Lewis
Louisa & William Newlin
Politics & Prose
Warren & Amy Belasco
John & Meg Hauge
Ingram Content Group
Malcolm & Virginia O’Hagan
Penguin Random House
Nancy & Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Jane Evans Ramsay
Emily & Antoine van Agtmael
Maureen Corrigan, Master of Ceremonies
Jessica Hansen, Narration
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Our 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner and Finalists
The Book of Goose
2023 PEN/Faulkner Award WinnerYiyun Li is the author of several works of fiction—Must I Go, Where Reasons End, Kinder Than Solitude, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl—and the memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in...
If I Survive You
2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction FinalistJonathan Escoffery is the recipient of the 2020 Plimpton Prize for Fiction, a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction. His fiction has appeared in The Paris Review,...
Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm
2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction FinalistLaura Warrell is a contributor to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, and is a graduate of the creative writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in HuffPost,...
2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction FinalistDionne Irving is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She is the author of THE ISLANDS (Catapult) and QUINT (7.13 Books) She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program and the Initiative on Race and Resilience at the...
2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction FinalistKathryn Harlan received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she now teaches writing. She was the recipient of the 2019 August Derleth Graduate Creative Writing Prize. Her work has appeared in the...
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...
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
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
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...
OUR 2022 PEN/FAULKNER LITERARY CHAMPION
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.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
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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