Please join us in congratulating Julie Otsuka for her selection as the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner. Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic was chosen from among 350 works published in the United States last year and she will be honored at an award ceremony held on May 5th, 2012 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Please click here for a list of our previous PEN/Faulkner Award winners.
Stephen Millhauser is the latest recipient of the Story Prize which "honors the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction" annually. Millhauser's We Others beat out collections from Don DeLillo and Edith Pearlman to win the prize which comes with a $20,000 award. Past Story Prize–award winners include Edwidge Danticat, Jim Shepard, Mary Gordon, and Tobias Wolff.
Kyung-Sook Shin, author of Please Look After Mom, has been awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize receiving $30,000 (translator Chi-Young Kim also received $5,000). Founded in 2007, the Man Asian Literary Prize is awarded annually "to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English."
Maya Jasanoff was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction last night for her exceptional book Liberty's Exiles. Jasanoff's groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond. Please click here for a full list of our past NBCC winners.
Teju Cole, author of Open City (Random House), has won the 2012 PEN/ Hemingway Award for First Fiction. Given annually to an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction, the award is one of the premier awards for debut novelists. Patrick Hemingway, the son of Nobel Prize–winning writer Ernest Hemingway, will present the $8,000 award to Cole on Sunday, April 1, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.