Coates, Robinson, Flournoy Longlisted for 2016 PEN Literary Awards

PEN American Center announced the longlists for its Literary Awards in the categories of debut fiction and essay, which include works by literary agent Bill Clegg for his debut novel as well as authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Angela Flournoy, and Marilynne Robinson. 

Longlists for remaining PEN Awards are expected to be released over the next four days. Finalists for all book awards will be announced on February 2. The winners for all 2016 awards will be announced on March 1, except those for the awards for Debut Fiction, Art of the Essay, Open Book, Literary Science Writing, and the PEN/Fusion Prize, which will be named live at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on April 11 at The New School’s Auditorium in NYC.

The longlists are as follows:
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction ($25,000)

In the Country: Stories (Alfred A. Knopf), Mia Alvar
The Boatmaker (Tin House Books), John Benditt
Did You Ever Have A Family (Gallery/Scout Press/Simon & Schuster), Bill Clegg
Hausfrau: A Novel (Random House), Jill Alexander Essbaum
The Turner House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Angela Flournoy
Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), Julie Iromuanya
The Sympathizer: A Novel (Grove Press), Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Given World: A Novel (Simon & Schuster), Marian Palaia
It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press), Jessica Lee Richardson
Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions), Jennifer Tseng
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000) 

After the Tall Timber: Collected Non-Fiction (New York Review Books), Renata Adler
This Old Man: All in Pieces (Doubleday), Roger Angell
Our Only World: Ten Essays (Counterpoint), Wendell Berry
Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Quarry (New Directions), Susan Howe
Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader (Thames & Hudson), Linda Nochlin
The Givenness of Things: Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Marilynne Robinson
Reporting Always: Writings from The New Yorker (Scribner/Simon & Schuster), Lillian Ross
The Life of Images: Selected Prose (Ecco/HarperCollines), Charles Simic
Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles (University of California Press), David L. Ulin


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