2024 PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration

Thursday, May 2, 2024
6:30 pm arrivals, 7 pm ceremony, 8 pm buffet dinner and dessert
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 honored this year’s distinguished books and authors. This exquisite literary evening featured presentations by our judges; original readings by our winner and four finalists; and a celebration of David Baldacci, our 2024 PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion.


PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists
Jamel Brinkley
Henry Hoke
Claire Jiménez
Alice McDermott
Colin Winnette

PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion
David Baldacci


2024 Judges
Xochitl Gonzalez
Alan Michael Parker
Lynn Steger Strong

Master of Ceremonies
Ron Charles

Featured Speaker
Sarah Pekkanen


Anne Aaron
Elliot Ackerman & Lea Carpenter
Alan Squire Publishing
Aldridge Borden
Marie Arana & Jonathan Yardley
Jabari & Liana Asim
Bards Alley
Louis Bayard & Don Montuori
Wendy Benchley & John Jeppson
Katherine Boone & Joshua Geltzer
The Honorable Ann Brown
Melinda & John Buntin
Catapult Book Group
Susan Keselenko Coll & Paul Goldberg
Randy & Lisa Cone
The Honorable Esther Coopersmith

The Honorable Walter & Didi Cutler
DC Writers Room
Anthony Dobranski
East City Bookshop
Field Recordings Wine
Lauren Francis-Sharma & Anand Sharma
The Garcia Family Spotlight Foundation
Renée & Stephen Gardner
Susan Ginsburg & Mario Velasquez
Ginny Grenham & Paul Zevnik
Patricia Griffith
Hachette Book Group
Mary & Robert Haft
Linette S. Hwu
Ingram Content Group
The Ivy Bookshop
Jonathan & Laura Kravis
Willee & Finlay Lewis

Sophia McCrocklin & William Isaacson
Tracy & Gregory McGillivary
Malcolm & Virginia O’Hagan
Park Books
Erich Parker & Jeffrey Dale Lofton
The Paz Fund
Penguin Random House
People’s Book
Politics & Prose
Jane Evans Ramsay
Joan H. Simmons
Emilie & Jacob Sommer
Deborah Tannen & Michael Macovski
Ericka Taylor
Martha Anne Toll
Jung Yun & Joel Anderson

*This list is current as of May 1, 2024.


Our 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner and Finalists


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...



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....

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...



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...



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...

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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


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.



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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