The PEN/Jean Stein Book Award is an annual award which recognizes a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact. This literary honor will be conferred on a book that has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence.

Finalists

Known and Strange Things
Teju Cole
Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound

Olio
Tyehimba Jess
Wave Books
Amazon | Indie Bound

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
Hisham Matar
Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
Jane Mayer
Doubleday/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound

The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead
Doubleday/Penguin Random House
Amazon | Indie Bound

Winner

The winner will be announced live at the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on March 27, 2017.

Judges

The PEN/Jean Stein Book Award’s distinguished panel of judges will serve anonymously until announced at a later date. The panel will nominate candidates internally and without submissions from the public. 

Click here for additional information, including submission guidelines, for the award.