PEN Center USA, the West Coast center of PEN International, the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization, is pleased to announce its 2017 Literary Awards finalists.

Winners will be announced in early September. 

The 2017 Literary Awards will be presented at The 27th Annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212) where Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, The Blind Assassin) will be honored with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Atwood has authored over 40 books in addition to her work as an environmental activist and inventor. The event will be hosted by award-winning actor and author Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, The Founder, Fargo).

Finalists in the following categories are:

Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking)
Lydia Millet, Sweet Lamb Of Heaven (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Bonnie Nadzam, Lions (Grove Atlantic)
Martin Pousson, Black Sheep Boy (Rare Bird)

Creative Nonfiction:  
Brian Blanchfield, Proxies (Nightboat)
Lily Hoang, A Bestiary (Cleveland State University Poetry Center)
Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air (Random House)
Kao Kalia Yang, The Song Poet (Metropolitan)

Research Nonfiction:  
Timothy Egan, The Immortal Irishman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Edward Humes, Door To Door (Harper)
Mason Inman, The Oracle Of Oil (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Elizabeth Letts, The Perfect Horse (Ballantine)

Ari Banias, Anybody: Poems (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Solmaz Sharif, Look (Graywolf)
Sun Yung Shin, Unbearable Splendor (Coffee House Press)
Safiya Sinclair, Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press)

Young Adult:
Calla Devlin, Tell Me Something Real (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Stacey Lee, Outrun the Moon (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)
Neal Shusterman, Scythe (Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Confessions by Rabee Jaber (New Directions)
Philip Boehm, The Fox Was Ever The Hunter by Herta Müller (Metropolitan)
Geoffrey Brock, Six Memos For The Next Millennium by Italo Calvino (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Jordan Stump, Cockroaches by Scholastique Mukasonga (Archipelago)

Shane Bauer, “My Four Months As A Prison Guard” (Mother Jones)
Pamela Colloff, “The Reckoning” (Texas Monthly)
Christopher Goffard, “Framed” (Los Angeles Times)
Eli Saslow, “The White Flight Of Derek Black” (The Washington Post)

Boni Alvarez, Bloodletting (Playwrights’ Arena)
Michelle Carter, Rose In America (AlterTheater)
Lisa Loomer, Roe (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)
Will Snider, How To Use A Knife (Capital Stage Company)

PEN Center USA has withdrawn John Smelcer's STEALING INDIANS from the list of finalists for the 2017 Literary Award for YA.


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PEN Center USA’s mission is to stimulate and maintain interest in the written word, to foster a vital literary culture, and to defend freedom of expression domestically and internationally. 

For more information on The 27th Annual Literary Awards Festival, please contact PEN Center USA at awards@penusa.org or visit LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AWARDS HERE.