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September 26th, 2010 / 1:27 pm
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PEN Literary Awards Winners

A few of the big winners: DeLillo takes the Saul Bellow award for Achievement in American Fiction. Anne Carson wins for Poetry in Translation for An Oresteia from the Greek, and, in a separate translation prize, Michael Henry Heim wins for Wonder by Hugo Claus, from the Dutch. This caught my eye because Heim’s translation of Mann’s Death in Venice pretty much made my summer. I feel like I’ll read anything that guy turns English. Anyway, full list below the fold.

PEN Announces the Recipients of the 2010 PEN Literary Awards

PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization, announced today the winners of the 2010 PEN Literary Awards. Each year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers over $100,000 to writers, editors, and translators. Two new prizes are included in this year’s awards: The PEN/Edward and Lily Tuck Award for Paraguayan Literature and The PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. The winners and runners-up will be honored on Wednesday, October 13, at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.

PEN/SAUL BELLOW AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN AMERICAN FICTION ($25,000)

Winner: Don DeLillo

PEN/ROBERT BINGHAM FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS ($35,000)

Winner: Paul Harding for Tinkers (Bellevue Literary Press)

Runners-up:

Terrence Holt for In the Valley of the Kings (W. W. Norton & Company)

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa for Daughters of the Stone (Thomas Dunne Books)

PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD ($5,000)

Winner: Michael Scammell for Koestler (Random House)

Runners-up:

Jonathan Bate for Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare (Random House)

Graham Farmelo for The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom (Basic Books)

PEN/W.G. SEBALD AWARD FOR A FICTION WRITER IN MID-CAREER ($10,000)

Winner: Susan Choi

PEN/LAURA PELS FOUNDATION AWARD FOR A MASTER AMERICAN DRAMATIST (Prize consists of a gift from Bauman Rare Books)

Winner: David Mamet

PEN/ LAURA PELS FOUNDATION AWARD FOR AN AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT IN MID-CAREER ($7,500)

Winner: Theresa Rebeck

PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING ($5,000)

Winner: Marshall Jon Fisher for A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played (Crown)

Runners-up:

Wil Haygood for Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson (Knopf)

Richard Hoffer for Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics (Free Press)

Warren St. John for Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town (Spiegel & Gray)

PEN/PHYLLIS NAYLOR WORKING WRITER FELLOWSHIP ($5,000)

Winner: Pat Schmatz

PEN/VOELCKER AWARD FOR POETRY ($5,000)

Winner: Marilyn Hacker

PEN/TUCK AWARD FOR PARAGUAYAN LITERATURE ($3,000)

Winner: Esteban Bedoya for El apocalipsis según Benedicto (Arandurã Editorial)

PEN AWARD FOR POETRY IN TRANSLATION ($3,000)

Winner: Anne Carson for her translation from the Greek of An Oresteia: Agamemnon by Aiskhylos; Elektra by Sophokles; Orestes by Euripides (Faber & Faber)

Runners-up:

Seamus Heaney for his translation from the Scots of The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables by Robert Henryson (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Rika Lesser for her translation from the Swedish of Mozart’s Third Brain by Göran Sonnevi (Yale University Press)

PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE ($3,000)

Winner: Michael Henry Heim for his translation from the Dutch of Wonder by Hugo Claus (Archipelago Books)

Runners-up:

Esther Allen for her translation from the Spanish of Rex by Jose Manuel Prieto (Grove Press)

David Constantine for his translation from the German of Faust 2 by Goethe (Penguin Classics)

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARDS ($1,000)

Winners:

Sherwin Bitsui for Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press)

Robin D.G. Kelley for Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press)

Canyon Sam for Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge (University of Washington Press)