PEN America Names 2018 Literary Awards Finalists

PEN America has announced the finalists for its 2018 Literary Awards.

For the first time, the finalist pool for the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction is comprised entirely of women, including Hannah Lillith Assadi for Sonora (Soho Press), Venita Blackburn for Black Jesus and Other Superheroes: Stories (University of Nebraska Press), Carmen Maria Machado for Her Body and Other Parties: Stories (Graywolf Press), Emily Fridlund for History of Wolves (Grove Atlantic), and Jenny Zhang for Sour Heart (Lenny).

Finalists for the $75,000 PEN/Jean Stein Award for book of the year include White Tears by Hari Kunzru (Alfred A. Knopf), We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World), Whereas by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press), Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young (Graywolf Press), and The Changeling by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau). Ursula K. Le Guin, whose died earlier this week, also appears on shortlist for No Time to Spare, nominated for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

Winners of the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards will be revealed at the February 20 ceremony at the NYU Skirball Center in New York. The full shortlists are available at

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