James Hannaham Wins 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced that James Hannaham is the winner of this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for his book Delicious Foods. The annual award honors excellence in American fiction. Hannaham and the other four finalists for the award will be recognized at a ceremony and dinner on May 14th in Washington, DC. Booklist reviewer Lynn Weber had this to say about Delicious Foods:

If The Great Gatsby was the Great American Novel of the twentieth century, Delicious Foods could be that of the early twenty-first. The hero is not a rich white man but a poor black kid in the South, Eddie, whose young life unravels when his activist father is murdered. . . . The writing makes it “great,” and the themes of pain, forgiveness, exploitation, and self-creation make it American. It is simply unmissable.

Delicious Foods - PEN Faulkner Winner

The other four finalists for the award are listed below, with links to Booklist reviews when available. You can read the full announcement (and find more information on both the award and the foundation) at the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s website.


Mendocino Fire

Mendocino Fire, by Elizabeth Tallent


Mr. and Mrs. Doctor

Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, by Julie Iromuanya


The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen


The Water Museum

The Water Museum, by Luis Alberto Urrea





About the Author:

Taylor served as a Booklist intern in spring 2016. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature at Northwestern University.

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