The 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Shortlist: A Salute

January 25, 2019

The covers to The Carrying, The Overstory, and The Beekeeper juxtaposed in a tryptich

PEN America has announced the finalists for the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards. With so many great books, authors, and translators included, we’ve put together this roundup of WLT’s coverage of the nominated works and associated writers and translators. Kudos to all who were recognized!


PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

A review of The Carrying, by Ada Limón

A review of The Overstory, by Richard Powers


PEN Translation Prize

A brief note on Nevada Days, by Bernardo Atxaga

A review of Disoriental, by Négar Djavadi

The Stone Building and Other Places, by Aslı Erdoğan, trans. Sevinç Türkkan

A recommendation about Love, by Hanne Ørstavik

A nota bene about Trick, by Domenico Starnone


PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

0A review of Today / Hoy, by Juan Gelman, trans. Lisa Rose Bradford, plus a short essay by Lisa Rose Bradford

An editor’s pick of Negative Space, by Luljeta Lleshanaku, trans. Ani Gjika

Two poems by Luljeta Lleshanaku

Congratulations as well to Emma Ramadan, whose translation of Ahmed Bouanani’s “The Illiterate Man” appeared in the November 2015 issue of WLT


PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Non-Fiction

An excerpt from The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, by Dunya Mikhail

A review of The Beekeeper


Once again, congratulations to all the shortlisted writers and translators!