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PEN Literary Award Shortlists Announced

Winners will be announced on March 1 and April 11
The shortlists for the 2016 PEN Literary Awards have been announced, after judges narrowed their choices down to their top five books for each of eight book awards. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essays, translation, and more, this year's PEN awards will confer over $200,000 to some of the best writers and translators working today. 
The winners for all 2016 awards will be announced on March 1, with the exception of those for Debut Fiction, Art of the Essay, and Literary Science Writing awards, as well as the PEN Open Book and the PEN/Fusion Prize, which will be named live at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on April 11 at The New School in NYC.
Among this year's shortlisted titles are many independently published titles, at least one on each list, such as Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, by Julie Iromuanya (Coffee House Press) in the Debut Fiction category; Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, by David L. Ulin (University of California Press) in the Art of the Essay category; and Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, by Lauret Savoy (Counterpoint ) in the PEN Open Book Award for "an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color" -- not surprisingly, all of the nominees in this category are independently published.
PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world’s leading international literary and human rights organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 in direct response to the ethnic and national divisions that contributed to the First World War. PEN American Center was founded in 1922 and is the largest of the 144 PEN centers in 101 countries that together compose International PEN.
For the last 90 years, PEN American Center has been working to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. 
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