21 PRH 2018 PEN Literary Awards Longlisters

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PEN America has announced the longlists for its 2018 Literary Awards in the categories of debut fiction, essay, diversity, science, sports writing, biography, and translation. The 21 longlisted titles published by Penguin Random House imprints are presented below, with some of the category winners to be publicly revealed on February 20. 



PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction


PEN Open Book Award



PEN Translation Prize



  • OUT IN THE OPEN by  Jesus Carrasco (Riverhead)
    Translated from Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa


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


PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography

     by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press)



  • THE KELLOGS: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel (Pantheon)


  • THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham (Crown)


  • MARTIN LUTHER: Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper (Random House)


  • LENIN: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen (Pantheon)


PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing


  • THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—And Us by Richard O. Prum (Doubleday)


  • BEHAVE: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky (Penguin Press)


PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

  • OFF SPEED: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott (Pantheon)


  • STING LIKE A BEE: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966–1971 by Leigh Montville (Doubleday)


  • BONES: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream by Joe Tone (One World/Random House)


  • IRON AMBITION: My Life with Cus D’Amato by Mike Tyson & Larry “Ratso” Sloman (Blue Rider Press)


  • THE CUBS WAY: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci (Crown Archetype)


Warm congratulations to all of our PEN longlisted authors, their editors and publishers.

To view the complete 2018 PEN Literary Awards longlists, click here.

Finalists for the 2018 PEN awards will be announced in January 2018. The winners will be celebrated at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 20, 2018 at the NYU Skirball Center in NYC.

Posted: December 21, 2017