Summer Reading from the 2017 PEN America Literary Award Winners
Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres—and the 2017 Literary Awards were no exception. From a memoir on seeking a missing father, to reportage on groups fighting the NCAA, to moving short story collections with lasting power, this year’s award-winning works are testaments to the great body of work that today’s writers are producing.
With summer in full swing and readers looking for their next summer read, we are pleased to present here excerpts and interviews from this year’s inspiring lineup of award winners. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or cooling off indoors, these highlights offer a diverse assortment of prose and poetry that is sure to please anyone looking for summer reading recommendations.
Submissions and nominations for the 2018 PEN Literary Awards are now open and will be accepted through August 15, 2017.
Four Questions for Tess Lewis, Winner of the 2017 PEN Translation Prize
I always read my drafts out loud when I’m polishing them—I find it easier to hear mistakes or awkward passages than to 'see' them. More
Four Questions for Simon Armitage, Winner of the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
For the first time in my life I was bilingual, even if I could only communicate with people who had been dead for half a millennium. More
from Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA
Vaccaro’s legion of critics would accuse him of hypocrisy. After all, he made his living for years off the unpaid players. More