PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, which honors "a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact" and comes with a prize of $75,000, have been announced. The finalists are:

  • Anne Boyer for The Undying (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Yiyun Li for Where Reasons End (Random House)
  • Ilya Kaminsky for Deaf Republic: Poems (Graywolf Press)
  • Rion Amilcar Scott for The World Doesn’t Require You (Liveright)
  • Chris Ware for Rusty Brown (Pantheon)

The winner of the award will be named at the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony, which will be held on March 2 at the Town Hall, the largest venue in the history of the awards. Late Night host, comedian, and noted bookworm Seth Meyers will host the ceremony.

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