In totaal mogen de verschillende jury’s 330.000 dollar weggeven aan de prijswinnaars in diverse categorieën, maar voor het zover is kunnen de schrijvers op de shortlists van de PEN America Literary Awards ervan dromen een van die prijswinnaars te zijn. Op de lijst in ieder geval Frans de Waal en Benjamin Moser.

PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD ($75,000, for a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, which has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence.)

* The Undying, Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* Deaf Republic, Ilya Kaminsky (Graywolf Press)
* Where Reasons End, Yiyun Li (Random House)
* The World Doesn’t Require You, Rion Amilcar Scott (Liveright)
* Rusty Brown, Chris Ware (Pantheon Graphic Library)

PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT SHORT STORY COLLECTION ($25,000, to an author whose debut collection of short stories represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise for future work.)

* The Trojan War Museum, Ayşe Papatya Bucak (W.W. Norton & Company)
* Sabrina & Corina, Kali Fajardo-Anstine (One World)
* Last of Her Name, Mimi Lok (Kaya Press)
* Home Remedies, Xuan Juliana Wang (Hogarth)
* Lot, Bryan Washington (Riverhead Books)

PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL ($25,000, to a debut novel of exceptional literary merit by an American author.)

* Stay and Fight, Madeline ffitch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* 99 Nights in Logar, Jamil Jan Kochai (Viking)
* Big Familia, Tomas Moniz (Acre Books)
* The Travelers, Regina Porter (Hogarth)
* A Prayer for Travelers, Ruchika Tomar (Riverhead Books)

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD ($5,000, to an exceptional book-length work of any genre by an author of color.)

* Build Yourself a Boat, Camonghne Felix (Haymarket Books)
* Be Recorder, Carmen Giménez Smith (Graywolf Press)
* Erou, Maya Phillips (Four Way Books)
* We Cast a Shadow, Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World)
* The Grave on the Wall, Brandon Shimoda (City Lights Books)

PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE ($3,000, for a book-length translation of prose from any language into English.)

* If You Cross the River, Geneviève Damas (Milkweed Editions)
* The Ten Loves of Nishino, Hiromi Kawakami (Europa Editions)
* Beyond Babylon, Igiaba Scego (Two Lines Press)
* Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books)
* Scent of Buenos Aires, Hebe Uhart (Archipelago Books)

PEN AWARD FOR POETRY IN TRANSLATION ($3,000, for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English.)

* Final Matters: Selected Poems, 2004-2010, Szilárd Borbély (Princeton University Press)
* Room in Rome, Jorge Eduardo Eielson (Cardboard House Press)
* Daybook 1918: Early Fragments, J.V. Foix (Northwestern University Press)
* Killing Plato, Chantal Maillard (New Directions Publishing)
* The Winter Garden Photograph, Reina María Rodríguez (Ugly Duckling Presse)

PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY ($10,000, for a collection of essays which exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.)

* I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz, Eve Babitz (New York Review Books Classics)
* Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape, Deborah Fleming (Kent State University Press)
* Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays, Leslie Jamison (Little, Brown and Company)
* I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution, Emily Nussbaum (Random House)
* Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, Jia Tolentino (Random House)

PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY ($5,000, for a distinguished biography of exceptional literary, narrative, and artistic merit, based on scrupulous research.)

* Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas, Stephen Budiansky (W. W. Norton & Company)
* Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (W. W. Norton & Company)
* Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures, Adina Hoffman (Yale University Press)
* Sontag: Her Life and Work, Benjamin Moser (Ecco)
* Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution, Helen Zia (Ballantine Books)

PEN/E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD ($10,000, for a book that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of the physical or biological sciences and communicates complex scientific concepts to a lay audience.)

* Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition, Patricia S. Churchland (W. W. Norton & Company)
* Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves, Frans de Waal (W. W. Norton & Company)
* On the Backs of Tortoises: Darwin, the Galapagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden, Elizabeth Hennessy (Yale University Press)
* The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption, Dahr Jamail (New Press)
* Losing Earth: A Recent History, Nathaniel Rich (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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