PEN America announced the finalists for the 2022 Literary Awards, with Joy Williams, Percival Everett and Dantiel W. Moniz as authors in the running for the annual awards.
Williams shortlisted for the $75,000 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, given to an outstanding book in any genre, for eg, who previously won the Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Also the finalists for the award were Everett’s The treesMoniz’s Milk Blood HeatCarolina DeRobertis’ The President and the Frogand that of Daisy Hernández The Kissing Insect†
Finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Award, awarded to a debut novel, include: burnt sugar by Avni Doshi, Dear Ms Metropolitan by Carolyn Ferrell, The love songs of WEB Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Detransition baby by Torrey Peters, and The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade.
Shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, which honors an outstanding book by an author of color, were Rebecca Hall’s WakingRajiv Mohabir’s antimanThirii Myo Kyaw Myint’s names for lightDivya Victor’s Curband Elissa Washutas White magic†
The finalists for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction were Andrea Elliott’s Invisible ChildTiya Miles’ Everything she woreRuben Jonathan Miller’s Half way home† Sarah Schulman’s Show the plateand Clint Smith’s How the word is passed on†
The winners of the awards will be announced on February 28 at a ceremony in New York. A full list of finalists is available on America’s PEN website†
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.