Major congratulations go out to all of the 2013 PEN Literary Award winners and runners-up! We're delighted to see the following two titles honored.
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing:
LIKE ANY NORMAL DAY: A Story of Devotion by Mark Kram, Jr.
PEN Open Book Award (co-winner):
THE GREY ALBUM: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young
PEN President Peter Godwin on this year's awards:
"Every year PEN’s literary awards recognize the brightest lights in literary fiction and nonfiction and honor the sustained careers of writers who are distinguished in their fields, raising awareness for a diverse array of outstanding books. These awards represent the best of PEN’s work in defense of free expression throughout the world—fighting censorship, promoting translations into English, and honoring both the new and well-known authors who make up the core of PEN as an organization. Their voices amplify our advocacy work. We owe a special thanks to our dedicated judges who demonstrate their critical acumen and discerning tastes in choosing such accomplished work each year from an ever-growing number of submissions. We are proud to honor the writers they have selected in this way." (via the press release)