PEN Center USA 2011 awards to feature Dave Eggers, Robert Pinksy

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PEN Center USA will present its 21st Annual Literary Awards on Nov. 8, the literary nonprofit announced Monday. Dave Eggers, Robert Pinsky and Charles Bowden were named special honorees. Literary awards will be presented in eleven categories.

With more than 600 members, PEN Center USA has in previous years given awards to Woody Allen, T.C. Boyle, Sandra Cisneros, George Clooney, Cameron Crowe, Betty Friedan, Matt Groening, Vaclav Havel, Charlie Kaufman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Elmore Leonard, Dan Savage, Neil Simon, Alice Walker and others.

Pinksy, a poet, essayist and translator, will receive the lifetime achievement award. He is a Los Angeles Times book prize winner and a former U.S. poet laureate. Eggers, known for his writing, the magainze McSweeney’s and the 826 tutoring centers he founded, will receive the award of honor. The First Amendment Award will go to Bowden.

The PEN Center USA literary awards are designed to recognize the best writing in the Western states. Each winner will recieve a $1,000 cash prize; the complete list of winners is after the jump.


PEN Center USA’s 2011 Literary Award winners: Fiction: ‘Tengo Sed’ by James Fleming (University of New Mexico Press)

Poetry: ‘from unincorporated territory [saina]’ by Craig Santos Perez (Omnidawn Publishing)

Research Nonfiction: ‘Why the West Rules -- For Now’ by Ian Morris (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Creative Nonfiction: ‘Tattoos on the Heart’ by Father Gregory Boyle (Free Press)

Translation: ‘Aliss at the Fire’ by Jon Fosse, translated by Damion Searls (Dalkey Archive Press)

Children/YA Literature: ‘The Dreamer’ by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic)

Graphic Lit: Daniel Clowes for his outstanding body of work

Journalism: ‘The Creativity Crisis’ by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman (in Newsweek)

Drama: ‘The Twentieth-Century Way’ by Tom Jacobson

Screenplay: ‘Please Give’ by Nicole Holofcener (Sony Classics)

Teleplay: Treme, ‘Pilot Episode (Do You Know What It Means)’ by David Simon and Eric Overmyer (HBO)

-- Carolyn Kellogg