Sunday, February 7, 2010

List of the Day: PEN/Faulkner

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize honoring "the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year." It is the largest peer-juried award in the country.

The award was founded in 1980 by members of the international writers’ organization PEN and is now governed by an independent foundation board. Named for William Faulkner, who used his Nobel Prize money to create an award for young writers, the aim of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation is to bring together "American writers and readers in a wide variety of programs to promote a love of literature."

I became more interested in reading the PEN/Faulkner winners when I learned that Hawthorne Books is re-issuing some of the older, out-of-print titles as part of a new series. Hawthorne editions are so pleasingly tactile, with their trademark thick matte covers, sewn bindings, and "French flaps" that make the covers so thick and nice -- I literally want to get my hands on them. I have two (Seaview and Soldiers in Hiding) and look forward to adding more to my collection.

So far, I have read seven of the 30 winners and have another 12 on my TBR shelf. Those I have read are in red; those currently on my TBR shelf are in blue.

2012 The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

2011 The Collected Stories by 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 (reviewed here)

2001 The Human Stain by Philip Roth (reviewed here)

2000 Waiting by Ha Jin

1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham

1998 The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor

1997 Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories by Gina Berriault

1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford

1995 Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

1994 Operation Shylock: A Confession by Philip Roth

1993 Postcards by E. Annie Proulx

1992 Mao II by Don Delillo

1991 Philadelphia Fire by John Edgar Wideman

1990 Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow

1989 Dusk and Other Stories by James Salter

1988 World's End by T. Coraghessan Boyle

1987 Soldiers in Hiding by Richard Wiley

1986 The Old Forest and Other Stories by Peter Taylor

1985 The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff

1984 Sent for You Yesterday by John Edgar Wideman

1983 Seaview by Toby Olson

1982 The Chaneysville Incident by David Bradley

1981 How German Is It = Wie Deutsch Ist Es by Walter Abish


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