Featured Honorees

FEATURED HONOREES

PEN America Literary Awards honorees have produced some of the most exceptional literary works of the past 50 years. Read interviews with or excerpts of work by featured authors and translators below. 

The Sympathizer

The month in question was April, the cruelest month. It was the month in which a war that had run on for a very long time would lose its… More

A Contract Overseas

With Andoy unemployed and my mother scraping to feed us, I couldn't go straight to college, even with a scholarship. We both spent the next twelve months mopping floors More

Mr. and Mrs. Doctor

“What is this talk of happy?” Aunty asked without turning. Then, gently, she added, “You have been in America too long, Mrs. Doctor.” More

The Turner House

What kind of adulthood was this? Cha-Cha wondered.…He had the feeling that he would always be this person, seesawing between adult and child, as long as he stayed in… More