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. 

Excerpts and Interviews

from The Return

And the fathers must have known, having once themselves been sons, that the ghostly presence of their hand will remain throughout the years… More

from Hurt People

Cote Smith's HURT PEOPLE is a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Read the first chapter. More

from Dark Money

Jane Mayer's DARK MONEY is a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Read an excerpt from the book. More

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from The Mothers

Brit Bennett's THE MOTHERS is a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Read the first chapter. More

from Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi's HOMEGOING is a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Read an excerpt from the novel. More

from Olio

Tyehimba Jess's OLIO is a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Read an excerpt from the collection. More