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2008 PEN Literary Award Recipients Announced

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Naeem Murr, author of The Perfect Man (Random House Trade Paperback), has been awarded a 2008 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, which celebrates exceptional books by writers of color published in the United States. Sponsored by the Open Book Program, this award also helps to insure that "those who are the custodians of language and literature are representative of the American people".

Knopf author Cynthia Ozick has been awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of a living author whose body of work, either written in or translated into English, represents achievement in a variety of literary genres and is of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will also be honoring Ms. Ozick with the 2008 PEN/Malamud Award. This prize recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction.

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation recently awarded Kate Christensen with their 2008 award for Fiction for her novel The Great Man (Anchor).

Finalists include:
Julie Kavanagh, author of Nureyev: The Life (Pantheon Books), for the The PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography , which is a biennial prize of $10,000 given to a distinguished biography possessing notable literary merit.

Peter Constantine for the PEN Translation Prize for his translation from the Italian of The Essential Writings of Machiavelli by Niccolo Machiavelli (Modern Library).

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