Our 9 Finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards

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PEN America has announced the finalists for its 2021 Literary Awards. These are the shortlisted titles published by Penguin Random House imprints:


PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI: A Novel by Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead Books)

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (Doubleday)

PEN Open Book Award

INHERITORS by Asako Serizawa (Doubleday)

How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart, a division of Penguin Random House Canada)

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection

INHERITORS by Asako Serizawa (Doubleday)

PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel

HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD: A Novel by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead Books)

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Prize for Biography

MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman by Ben Hubbard (Tim Duggan Books)

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

THE BIRD WAY: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman (Penguin Press)

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

LEAN AGAINST THIS LATE HOUR by Garous Abdolmalekian (Penguin Books)
Translated from the Persian by Ahmad Nadalizadeh and Idra Novey

To view the complete list of 2021 PEN America Literary Awards finalists, click here.

Posted: February 11, 2021