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PEN Literary Awards 2016 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2016 PEN Literary Awards have been announced. The awards are presented in a number of categories, including the US$25,000 (A$34,380) PEN/Robert W Bingham Prize for debut fiction, for which the longlisted titles are: In the Country: Stories (Mia Alvar, Knopf US); The Boatmaker (John Benditt, Tin House Books); Did You Ever Have a Family (Bill Clegg, Jonathan Cape); Hausfrau: A Novel (Jill Alexander Essbaum, Picador); The Turner House (Angela Flournoy, Black Inc.); Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Julie Iromuanya, Coffee House Press); The Sympathizer: A Novel (Viet Thanh Nguyen, Constable); The Given World: A Novel (Marian Palaia, S&S US); It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (Jessica Lee Richardson, Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press); and Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Jennifer Tseng, Europa Editions). Longlists were also announced in the categories of essay, biography, translation, science writing, sports writing and the PEN Open Book Award for ‘an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of colour’. The finalists will be announced on 2 February and winners in some categories will be announced on 1 March along with the winners of the 2016 PEN Career Achievement Awards. Winners in the categories for debut fiction, essay, science writing and the PEN Open Book Award will be announced at the awards ceremony, held on 11 April. For the full longlists, visit the PEN website here.



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