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PEN America Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

In the US, Pen America has announced the winners of its 2018 Literary Awards.

Among the award winners are:

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

  • Whereas (Layli Long Soldier, Graywolf Press)

PEN/Robert W Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

  • Sour Heart (Jenny Zhang, Bloomsbury)

PEN Open Book Award (for an exceptional work of literature by an author of colour)

  • A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (Alexis Okeowo, Little, Brown)

PEN Translation Prize

  • Katalin Street (Magda Szabó, trans by Len Rix, NYRB Classics)

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

  • No Time to Spare (Ursula K Le Guin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

PEN/E O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award 

  • The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine (Lindsey Fitzharris, Allen Lane)

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

  • Ali: A Life (Jonathan Eig, S&S)

To view the full list of category award winners, click here.

The winners were announced at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City.

A number of lifetime and career achievement prizes were also awarded. Edmund White won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction for his body of work, while Irish novelist Edna O’Brien received the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. Career achievement awards were also handed out for poetry, translation, sports writing and theatre. For the full list of winners, click here.


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