On Friday December 9th, PEN America announced the books longlisted for 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. Finalists will be named on January 18, 2017, and winners on February 22nd, in advance of the awards ceremony on March 27th at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York. Here they are:
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize ($25,000): For a fiction writer whose debut work represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.
*Insurrections: Stories by Rion Amilcar Scott
*We Show What We Have Learned by Clare Beams
*The Mothers by Brit Bennett
*The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
*When Watched: Stories by Leopoldine Core
*Hide by Matthew Griffin
*Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
*Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
*Hurt People by Cote Smith
*Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000): For a book of essays that exemplifies the dignity and esteem of the essay form.
*The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
*Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole
*Against Everything by Mark Greif
*The Girls in My Town by Angela Morales
*Soul at the White Heat by Joyce Carol Oates
*Becoming Earth by Eva Saulitis
*Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter by Peter Singer
*Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change by Andrew Solomon
*Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction($10,000): For a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective.
*Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever
*Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
*White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
*Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help by Larissa MacFarquhar
*Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips
*Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
*The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
*Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran by Laura Secor
*Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship by Anjan Sundaram
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000): For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences.
*The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
*What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe
*Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich
*Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores
*Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
*The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
*The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel
*The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish by Emily Voigt
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): For a nonfiction book on the subject of sports.
*Catching the Sky by Colten Moore with Keith O’Brien
*Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss
*Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre by Jeff Pearlman
*Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcom X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
*Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop and Street Basketball by Onaje X.O. Woodbine
PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000): For a distinguished biography published in the United States.
*Jean Cocteau: A Life by Claude Arnaud, translated from the French by Lauren Elkin and Charlotte Mandell
*A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century by Jerome Charyn
*Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
*Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman
*Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
*A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley by Jane Kamensky
*Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow
*Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White by Michael Tisserand
*American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins–The Art and Science of the Violin by Quincy Whitney
*Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow by Laurie Wilson
PEN Open Book Award ($5,000): For an exceptional work of literature by an author of color.
*Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
*Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi
*The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
*The Big Book of Exit Strategies by Jamaal May
*Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
*What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
*Look by Solmaz Sharif
*Problems by Jade Sharma
*Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair
*Blackacre: Poems by Monica Youn
PEN Translation Prize ($3,000): For a book-length translation of prose into English.
*Confessions by Rabee Jaber, translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid
*The Fox Was Ever the Hunter by Herta Muller, translated from the German by Philip Boehm
*Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
*Between Life and Death by Yoram Kaniuk, translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Harshav
*One Hundred and Twenty-One Days by Michèle Audin, translated from the French by Christiana Hills
*Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap, translated from the German by Tess Lewis
*Justine by Iben Mondrup, translated from the Danish by Kerri A. Pierce
*The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke, translated from the Chinese by Carlos Rojas
*The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
*Limbo Beirut by Hilal Chouman, translated from the Arabic by Anna Ziajka Stanton
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000): For a book-length translation of poetry into English.
*Pearl: A New Verse Translation, translated from the Middle English by Simon Armitage
*Abyss by Ya Hsien, translated from the Chinese by John Balcom
*Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam, translated from the Russian by Andrew Davis
*Building the Barricade by Anna Swir, translated from the Polish by Piotr Florczyk
*Algaravias by Waly Salomão, translated from the Portuguese by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi
*Preludes and Fugues by Emmanuel Moses, translated from the French by Marilyn Hacker
*Tales of Ise, translated from the Japanese by Peter MacMillan
*In Praise of Defeat by Abdellatif Laâbi, translated from the French by Donald Nicholson Smith
*Absolute Solitude by Dulce Maria Loynaz, translated from the Spanish by James O’Connor
*Twenty Girls to Envy Me: Selected Poems from Orit Gidali by Orit Gidali, translated from the Hebrew by Marcela Sulak
The recipients of the following awards will be announced on March 27, 2017:
*PEN/Jean Stein Book Award ($75,000): For a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact.
*PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature ($50,000): To a writer of any genre for his or her body of work.
*PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History ($10,000): For an unpublished literary work of nonfiction that uses oral histor to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.
*PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Awards ($7,500 & $2,500): Three awards which honor a Master American Dramatist, American Playwright in Mid-Career, and Emerging American Playwright.
*PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): For a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field.