Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Five books published in 2009 have been selected as finalists for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America's largest peer-juried fiction prize. The judges considered almost 350 novels and short story collections submitted from more than 90 publishing houses. The winner will be announced on March 23 and will be feted, along with the other four nominees, in a ceremony on May 8th in Washington, DC. Here are the five finalists:

  • Sherman Alexie, for War Dances (Grove Press)
  • Barbara Kingsolver, for The Lacuna (Harper)
  • Lorraine M. Lopez, for Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories (BkMk Press)
  • Lorrie Moore, for A Gate at the Stairs (Knopf)
  • Colson Whitehead, for Sag Harbor (Doubleday)

Some of my favorite authors are on this list!


  1. What a great list! I've read (and enjoyed) nearly every author on this list. Great picking, PEN/Faulkner!

  2. I like the choices too! Are any of these writers from the Pacific NW? I think Sherman Alexie is from Washington - but I'm sure of the others. Just curious.


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