Pen America Literary Awards 2020

Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres, including fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, and drama. With the help of our partners, PEN America confers over 20 distinct awards, fellowships, grants and prizes each year, awarding nearly $350,000 to writers and translators.

Where Reasons End: A Novel By Yiyun Li Cover Image
$25.00
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ISBN: 9781984817372
Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

A fearless writer confronts grief and transforms it into art, in a book of surprising beauty and love, "a masterpiece by a master” (Elizabeth McCracken, Vanity Fair).

"Li has converted the messy and devastating stuff of life into a remarkable work of art.”—The Wall Street Journal


Last of Her Name By Mimi Lok Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781885030610
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Published: Kaya Press - October 22nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 PEN America Literary Award for Debut Short Story Collection, Mimi Lok's Last of Her Name narrates the interconnected lives of diasporic women from '80s UK suburbia to WWII Hong Kong and contemporary California

Mimi Lok's Last of Her Name is an eye-opening story collection about the intimate, interconnected lives of diasporic women and the histories they are born


The Grave on the Wall By Brandon Shimoda Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780872867901
Published: City Lights Books - July 30th, 2019

Winner of the 2020 PEN Open Book Award

Best of 2019: Nonfiction - Entropy Magazine

A memoir and book of mourning, a grandson's attempt to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather's lifelong struggle.


The Ten Loves of Nishino By Hiromi Kawakami, Allison Markin Powell (Translator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609455330
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Published: Europa Editions - June 4th, 2019

WINNER 2020 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE

Best-selling and beloved Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami (The Nakano Thrift Shop) tells the story of an enigmatic man through the voices of ten remarkable women who have loved him.


Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape By Deborah Fleming Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781606353752
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Published: Kent State University Press - April 14th, 2019

Winner, 2020 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

An impassioned call for recognizing and preserving the ecological wonders of the Allegheny Plateau


Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America By Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393047998
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 21st, 2019

Winner of the PEN / Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and the Southern Historical Association Sydnor Award

Three sisters from the South wrestle with orthodoxies of race, sexuality, and privilege.


Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves By Frans de Waal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393357837
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 10th, 2020

A New York Times Bestseller and winner of the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

"Game-changing." —Sy Montgomery, New York Times Book Review