Judges have selected the five finalists for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America's most prestigious peer-juried literary prize. The finalists are The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw (West Virginia University Press), Disappear Doppelgänger...
DATE | March 11, 2021 at 7pm ET
LOCATION | Online Event
Refuge will feature authors who have explored topics of immigration, identity, and home in their work, at a time when these issues are especially urgent.
Join us for an insightful and challenging discussion of refuge and home featuring authors Aleksandar Hemon (Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project), Abdi Nor Iftin (Call Me American), and moderator Matthew Davis (Founding Director, Alan Cheuse International Writers Center).
Abdi Nor Iftin
G. Willow Wilson
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
Scattered Lights by Steve Wiegenstein
The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
Nine Shiny Objects by Brian Castleberry
Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman
The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe
Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear by Matthew Salesses
Dear Ann by Bobbie Ann Mason
Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
Bobbie Ann Mason
Airea D. Matthews
Sheree Renée Thomas
Luis Alberto Urrea
Susan Muaddi Darraj
Mark Z. Danielewski
Gene Luen Yang
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
Sing to It by Amy Hempel
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Min Jin Lee
DATE | February 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM
LOCATION | Online Event
Intersections featured authors who have engaged with intersectional identities in their work. We were joined by novelists Tope Folarin, Min Jin Lee, and Douglas Stuart, as well as moderator and book critic Bethanne Patrick, for a complicated and challenging discussion of intersectionality in literature.
NOW AVAILABLE: The event recording and transcript.
We are excited to announce that LeVar Burton, award-winning actor and longtime host of Reading Rainbow, has been named the inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion. Launched in conjunction with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, this annual...
We are thrilled to announce the longlist of books for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America’s most prestigious peer-juried literary prize. The longlist includes the following ten titles: Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (One World)Dear...
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Winner of the 2020 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story Lydia Davis's ESSAYS ONE, her first nonfiction book, was published in 2019 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Lydia Davis is the author of VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE, which was a National Book Award...
PEN/FAULKNER LITERARY CHAMPION
LeVar Burton is an actor, director, educator, and cofounder of the award-winning Skybrary app; former host and executive producer of PBS’s Reading Rainbow, and a lifelong children’s literacy advocate. He hosts his own podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, sharing the best short fiction and handpicked by the best voice in podcasting.
Blanche McCrary Boyd
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
The Night Swimmers by Peter Rock
Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li
G. Willow Wilson
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds and the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award...
Peter Rock is the author of ten works of fiction, most recently The Night Swimmers, SPELLS, Klickitat and The Shelter Cycle. The recipient of fellowships from Stanford University, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he currently...
Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican American writer who grew up in the Netherlands and Mexico. She is the author of three novels, Book of Clouds, which won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France, Asunder, set in London’s National Gallery, and Sea Monsters. Chloe...
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