Finalists for the PEN America Literary Awards have been announced, and include several works of genre interest.
PEN Open Book Award
- Augustown, Kei Miller (Pantheon)
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
- Sonora, Hannah Lillith Assadi (Soho)
- Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, Venita Blackburn (University of Nebraska Press)
- Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)
PEN Translation Prize
- Out in the Open, Jesus Carrasco, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa (Riverhead)
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
- No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
PEN America “stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide.” The awards “will confer nearly $315,000 to writers and translators whose exceptional literary works were published in 2017.” Awards will also be given in biography, science writing, and sports writing categories. Winners will be honored at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 20, 2018 at the NYU Skirball Center in New York City.
For more information, including complete finalists, see the PEN America website.
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