The PEN/Faulkner Award
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"Founded by writers in 1980, and named for William Faulkner, who used his Nobel Prize funds to create an award for young writers, and PEN, the international writers’ organization, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation brings together American writers and readers in a wide variety of programs to promote a love of literature."
"The Directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation each year choose three noted writers of fiction to select the winner and four finalists for the Awards among the approximately 300 novels and short story collections submitted. The winner, or “first among equals,” receives $15,000; each of the others receives $5,000, making PEN/Faulkner the largest peer-juried award for fiction in the United States."
From the website... http://www.penfaulkner.org
2011:The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
2010 War Dances by Sherman Alexie
2009: Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
2008: The Great Man by Kate Christensen
2007: Everyman by Philip Roth
2006 The March by E. L. Doctorow
2005 War Trash by Ha Jin
2004 The Early Stories: 1953-1975 by John Updike
2003 The Caprices by Sabina Murray
2002 Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
2001 The Human Stain by Philip Roth
2000 Waiting by Ha Jin
There are also winners for short story collection (PEN/Malamud Award)
edited to update list.
ditto on the Ha Jin recommendations, although I'm behind a couple of books.
Although I don't strictly read from these lists, I do like to see the nominations. Sometimes, it adds weight to one title or another when I'm deciding what to read next...
I was going to say I enjoyed Everyman but enjoyed isn't quite right, it is a slightly uncomfortable read as it relates a man's death (and life) through his physical failings of his body.
I've read a Ron Rash - his novel had a great sense of place; North Carolina mountains, I believe. And I have the second novel, I think, in the TBR pile.
I missed the winner in post#10..duh! I also have not heard of this book. Here's a review of it:
From The New Yorker
At the center of this snippy comedy of manners is a New York-based painter and philanderer, Oscar Feldman, whose oeuvre consists of boldly rendered female nudes. That Oscar has been dead for a few years barely matters to the constellation of elderly women in his orbit: his long-suffering wife, Abigail, who rarely leaves her Upper West Side apartment; Teddy, his soignée bohemian mistress, moldering in Greenpoint; his sister Maxine, an abstract painter who is equally preoccupied with female flesh, and considered by some a greater talent. When two feckless biographers descend, looking for the inside scoop, Oscar’s big secret, hanging in plain view, becomes a vehicle for both rapprochement and revelation. Christensen addresses topics like gender and race with overly broad strokes, but her picture of three women coping with the indignities and the pleasures of old age is satisfyingly detailed.
Thanks for posting the list, kidzdoc.
Out of that list I have only read Netherland (excellent read) and Lush Life (a very male book which my hubbie loved and I could not quite enjoy).
Serena is the baddest, meanest, coldest, testosterone driven-est woman to appear in fiction recently. A lot of people won't like her. I kinda did. Even tho' she's gotta an evil streak. Or several of them. The book has some good environmental and descriptive nature writing to go along with Serena being her own bad self.
The finalists for this year's award were announced on Tuesday:
Sherman Alexie for War Dances
Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna
Lorraine M. López for Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories
Lorrie Moore for A Gate at the Stairs
Colson Whitehead for Sag Harbor
"The winner, who will receive $15,000, will be announced on March 23; the four finalists will receive $5,000 each."
2010 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Thanks, Darryl. Somehow I missed the announcement that Netherland won last year; I'm glad to see that, because I loved it. Haven't read anything on this year's list, but some of them sound interesting.
I have A Gate at the Stairs and Sag Harbor. I'll have to ask my friend's wife tomorrow what she thought of A Gate at the Stairs. Moore teaches at the U. of Wisconsin-Madison, and I'm flying to Madison tomorrow afternoon. I hadn't heard of Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, but I'll check it out if we go to a bookstore this weekend.
Another reason for me to get to Sag Harbor...now where did I put that?...
War Dances is this year's winner. I take this opportunity to recommend a finalist from 2005, which I am currently reading-- I Got Somebody in Staunton by William Henry Lewis. A collection of short fiction that surely deserves the association with Faulkner, for The Past is as much a character in these stories as the narrator himself.
The five finalists for this year's award were announced last week:
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad
Deborah Eisenberg, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule
Eric Puchner, Model Home
Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives
The winner of the $15,000 award will be announced on March 15th.
More info: http://www.penfaulkner.org/site/assets/docs/2011_PF_AWARD_FINALISTS.pdf
Well, I'll go for one of Rebecca's favourites, which I have not read - Lord of Misrule. Bad touchstone.
Deborah Eisenberg is the winner of this year's award, for The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg.
More info: http://www.penfaulkner.org/news/news/Deborah_Eisenberg_Wins_2011_PENFaulkner_Awa...
27 Amanda, you do know you can edit touchstones, don't you? Click on the little link that says "others" and you'll get a drop down list with other choices -- usually, but not always, the correct one is there.
I loved Buddha in the Attic. It was a 5 star read for me last year.
The list of finalists for this year's award was announced earlier this week.
Daniel Alarcón, At Night We Walk in Circles
Percival Everett, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell
Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Joan Silber, Fools: Stories
Valerie Trueblood, Search Party: Stories of Rescue
The winner will be announced on April 2nd. More info: http://www.penfaulkner.org/award-for-fiction/
The only one from this year's list that I've read is At Night We Walk in Circles, and it just didn't work for me. I have to admit that I was often bored reading it. That probably reflects badly on me as a reader much more than it reflects the author's capabilities.
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