2015 PEN Literary Award Winners Announced

Pen AmericaOn May 8th, PEN America announced the winners of the 2015 PEN Literary Awards as well as the shortlist for Debut Fiction, Art of the Essay, and Open Book Awards, whose winners will be announced on June 8th at a ceremony honoring all winners at The New School in New York City. Below you’ll find the winning titles linked to Booklist reviews when available. More information about the awards, prizes, and winners can be found on PEN’s website.

PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

War of the Whales: A True Story, by Joshua Horwitz

Five Days at MemorialPEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court, by Anna Whitelock

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard, by John Branch

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, translated by Eliza Griswold

PEN Translation Prize

Baboon, by Naja Marie Aidt and translated by Denise Newman

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, Shortlist

The UnAmericans, by Molly Antopol

Ruby, by Cynthia Bond

Redeployment, by Phil Klay

The Dog, by Jack Livings

Love Me Back, by Merritt Tierce

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

Moral Imagination, by David Bromwich

Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadow of War, by Ian Buruma

Loitering: New and Collected Essays, by Charles D’Ambrosio

The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison

Limber, by Angela Pelster

PEN Open Book Award, Shortlist

An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine

Every Day Is for the Thief, by Teju Cole

An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay

Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

The City Son, by Samrat Upadhyay



About the Author:

Monica Bertz served as a Booklist's intern in spring of 2015. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from George Washington University. Besides reading, she enjoys binge-watching historical dramas and arguing with strangers about hockey over the internet.

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