Monday, September 20, 2010

2010 PEN USA Literary Awards

PEN Center USA the West Coast center of International PEN was founded in 1943.  Its membership includes more than 800 writers, poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists as well as writers for TV and film, critics, historians, editors, journalists and translators.  They have now announced the winners of its 2010 Literary Awards competition.  In this competition PEN USA gives out awards in 11 separate genres.  These awards will be given out at the 20th Annual Literary Awards Festival (LitFest) held at the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday, November 17, 2010.  At LitFest each of the winners will receive a check for $1000.  Past winners of this award have included: Woody Allen, George Cloony, Ray Bradbury, Betty Friedan, Maxine Hong Kingston and Neil Simon.

The 2010 Winners are:

Victor Lodato: Mathilda Savitch (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Amy Catanzano: Multiversal (Fordham University Press)

Creative Nonfiction
Vicki Forman: This Lovely Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Research Nonfiction
Minal Hajratwala: Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)

Children’s/Young Adult Literature
Paul Fleischman: The Dunderheads (Candlewick Press)

Mary Melton: Julius Shulman in 36 Exposures (Los Angeles Magazine)

Fady Joudah: Mahmoud Darwish’s If I Were Another (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Julie Hebert: Tree

Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner: Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures)

T eleplay
Peter Blake: House: “The Tyrant” (NBC)

The Graphic Literature Award
Matt Fraction: For His Outstanding Body of Work

The University of California Press Exceptional First Book Award
Angela Garcia: The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande (University of California Press)

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