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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PEN Literary Awards Finalists

The finalists for the PEN Literary Awards were announced today.  Ten awards are given.  The one that most interests me is the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction awarded  “To an author whose debut work—a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2016—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.”

The finalists are
We Show What We Have Learned by Clare Beams
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott
Hurt People by Cote Smith

To see the finalists in all the categories, go to

Winners will be announced on March 27, 2017.