2024 PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration

Thursday, May 2, 2024
7 pm: award celebration, 8 pm: dinner
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Cocktail Attire

An Event to Remember for Contemporary Fiction Lovers

Our 44th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration on May 2, 2024 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 a celebration of David Baldacci, our 2024 PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion.

HONOREES

PEN/Faulkner Award Winner

PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists

PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion
David Baldacci

SPECIAL GUESTS

2024 Judges
Xochitl Gonzalez
Alan Michael Parker
Lynn Steger Strong

Master of Ceremonies
Ron Charles

CELEBRATION TEAM

Anonymous
Elliot Ackerman & Lea Carpenter
Marie Arana & Jonathan Yardley
Louis Bayard & Don Montuori
Katherine Boone & Joshua Geltzer
The Honorable Ann Brown
Susan Coll & Paul Goldberg

CELEBRATION TEAM

Lauren Francis-Sharma & Anand Sharma
Renée & Stephen Gardner
Susan Ginsburg & Mario Velasquez
Mary & Robert Haft
Jonathan & Laura Kravis
Willee & Finlay Lewis
Sophia McCrocklin & William Isaacson
Tracy & Gregory McGillivary

 

CELEBRATION TEAM

Malcolm & Virginia O’Hagan
Erich Parker & Jeffrey Dale Lofton
Penguin Random House
People’s Book
Politics & Prose
Jane Evans Ramsay
Joan H. Simmons
Jung Yun & Joel Anderson

*This list is current as of February 29, 2024.


 

Our 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award Longlist

 

Witness

Witness

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionJamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the John Leonard Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award....

The Guest

The Guest

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionEmma Cline is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls and the story collection Daddy. The Girls was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle’s John...

Monica

Monica

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionDaniel Clowes is an acclaimed American cartoonist, illustrator, and screenwriter. He gained fame with his comic book series Eightball, which was notable for its dark humor and commentary on modern culture. Clowes'...

Open Throat

Open Throat

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionHenry Hoke is an editor at The Offing and a writer whose work has appeared in No Tokens, Triangle House, Electric Literature, and the flash noir anthology Tiny Crimes. He co-created the performance series...

The Best Possible Experience

The Best Possible Experience

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionNishanth Injam received an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michi­gan. He received a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and a Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award from the...

What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez

What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionClaire Jiménez is a Puerto Rican writer who grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. She is the author of the short story collection Staten Island Stories (Johns Hopkins Press, 2019) and What Happened to...

Biography of X

Biography of X

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionCatherine Lacey is the author of the novels Nobody Is Ever Missing, The Answers, and Pew, and the short story collection Certain American States. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the New...

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionJames McBride is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Oprah’s Book Club selection Deacon King Kong, the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird, the American classic The Color of Water, the novels...

Absolution

Absolution

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionAlice McDermott is the author of nine novels, all published by FSG, including Charming Billy, winner of the National Book Award, and That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This, which were finalists for the...

Users

Users

Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionCOLIN WINNETTE’s books include Coyote, Haints Stay, and The Job of the Wasp, which was an American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next Pick. Winnette’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including...

2023 Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

“I am deeply honored, thrilled, and grateful for this award. Writing a novel is like sending a message in a bottle to the unknown. To receive this recognition is a heartwarming confirmation that someone has found the bottle and read the message. My deepest gratitude to the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, to the judges, and to my fellow finalists: it’s always a good day when people read literature with care and thoughtfulness.”

Yiyun Li, author of The Book of Goose

OUR 2024 PEN/FAULKNER LITERARY CHAMPION

David Baldacci

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television.

Along with his wife, David is also the cofounder of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy programs in the United States. David is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Ron Charles

Ron Charles writes about books and publishing for The Washington Post. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest. Before moving to the District, he edited the books section of the Christian Science Monitor in Boston. His wife is an English teacher and the cinematographer of their satirical series, “The Totally Hip Video Book Review.” His awards include the Louis Shores Award for reviewing from the American Library Association, the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle, and First Place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism in 2011. He was one of three jurors for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.  

Headshot of Ron Charles, a White man wearing glasses and a light collared top

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