PEN Center USA West has announced the winners of its Literary Awards Competition, which honors writers from the Western states. The awards were for work as diverse as a nonfiction book on snakes to the movie script for "Boogie Nights."
The winners "represent the cross-section of writers across the West," said Executive Director Sherrill Britton.
Each winner received $1,000 and will be honored at a dinner in October. They are:
* James Salter, "Burning the Days" (Random House, 1997) for creative nonfiction;
* Harry W. Greene, "Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature" (UC Press, 1997) for research nonfiction;
* Molly Gloss, "The Dazzle of Day" (Tor Books, 1997) for fiction;
* Linda Bierds, "The Profile Makers" (Henry Holt, 1997) for poetry;
* Paul S. Jacobs, "James Printer: A Novel Rebellion" (Scholastic Press, 1997) for children's literature;
* Michael Henry Heim, translator of "A Bohemian Youth" by Josef Hirsal (Northwestern University Press, 1997) for translation;
* Mark Arax, Los Angeles Times article, "A Labor of Love for Boys of McFarland," for journalism;
* Naomi Iizuka, "Polaroid Stories," Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ky., for drama;
* Larry Gelbart, "Weapons of Destruction," HBO, for teleplay;
* Paul Thomas Anderson, "Boogie Nights," New Line Cinema, for screenplay.
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