2014 PEN/Malamud Celebration:
Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, and Tobias Wolff

The Legacy of Bernard Malamud: Celebrating Excellence in the Short Story

In celebration of what would have been American master Bernard Malamud’s 100th year, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Malamud Family will host previous recipients of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story in a celebratory evening of readings in Malamud’s honor. Participating authors include Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, and Tobias Wolff.

Friday, December 5, 2014
7:30 PM

Folger Shakespeare Library – Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 (map)


Edward_P_Jones_SQ Edward P. Jones is the author of the story collections Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar’s Children and the novel The Known World. Among other honors, he has received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Washington, D.C.

“Now there can be no doubt about it: Edward P. Jones belongs in the first rank of American letters.”

— Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post 

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Author Lorrie Moore.  Photo by Linda Nylind.  30/5/2008Lorrie Moore is a novelist and story writer whose works include Birds of America, A Gate at the Stairs, and Bark. Among her honors and awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation fellowship, and the Rea Award. She teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Reading the luminous stories in Lorrie Moore’s collection is like spending another insanely perfect afternoon with your smartest, most acerbic, tough-minded but loving and loyal friend.”

— Victoria Redel, MORE Magazine

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Tobias Wolff is the author of the story collections Back in the World and The Night in Question and of the novel Old School, among other works. He has received the Rea Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University.

“Tobias Wolff possesses something like the emotional equivalent of perfect pitch, moving through a staggering repertoire of tones – from comic and sexy to wistful and despairing – often within a single page.”

— Olivia Laing, The Guardian

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Episode 24: 2013 PEN/Malamud Award Honoring George Saunders

George Saunders author photo with Malamud graphic

Episode 24 of the podcast features the 2013 PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony and Memorial Reading. Each December, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Malamud Family work to identify a writer who had demonstrated excellence in the short story. The 2013 recipient of the Award was George Saunders, whose most recent collection of short fiction, Tenth of December, was published in January of 2013. This podcast features a reading by Saunders held at the Church of the Reformation here in Washington, DC on December 6, 2013, and was followed by the conferral of the 2013 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story by Janna Malamud Smith.

George Saunders is the acclaimed author of several collections of short stories, including PastoraliaCivilWarLand in Bad DeclineIn Persuasion Nation, and Tenth of December, as well as a collection of essays and a book for children. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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