PEN Literary Awards Announced August 10

August 12, 2011

Hot (OK, maybe warm) off the presses, from the PEN American Center’s press release:

New York City, August 10, 2011—PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization, today announced the winners and runners-up of the 2011 PEN Awards, the most comprehensive literary awards program in the country. Next year will mark PEN’s 90th anniversary. For more than 50 of those years, PEN’s Literary Awards program has honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature.

Some notable titles owned by Sno-Isle, with catalog summies,  include:


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Winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for fiction debut

Daniel, Susanna. Stiltsville.

Summary: Miami,1969. Frances is captivated by the community of houses built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. On the dock of one stilt house, she meets Dennis, and turns away from her predictable life. Stiltsville becomes their island oasis– until suddenly it’s gone, and Francis is forced to figure out how to make her family work on dry land.     

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Winner of the PEN/E.o. Wilson literary science writing award

Mukherjee, Siddhartha. The Emperor of All Maladies.

Summary: A magnificently written “biography” of cancer–from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it.         

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Winner of the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Non-Fiction

Perkinson, Robert. Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire.

Summary: In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. This sweeping history of American imprisonment shows how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric becomes the national template–and how that injustice can change.   

 Posted by Darren


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