Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo, the historian Tom Reiss, and originally self-published author Sergio De la Pava were among the winners of the 2013 PEN Literary Awards, which were announced on August 14 by the PEN American Center.
Boo received the John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction for her exploration of lives of the residents of the Annawadi slum in India in the much celebrated Behind the Beautiful Forevers. The Robert W. Bingham Prize, which comes with a $25,000 check, went to De la Pava for A Naked Singularity, a novel about a public defender that began self-published and was eventually picked up by the the University of Chicago Press. Reiss won Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography for the The Black Count, the story of the inspiration for Dumas's Count of Monte Cristo, which also was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Award winners and runners-up will be honored at the 2013 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 21 at CUNY Graduate Center’s Proshansky Auditorium in New York City, featuring Master of Ceremonies Andy Borowitz.
To read more about the individual awards and for a full list of the winners and finalists, click here.