PEN America’s literary awards will be presented in person this year, and Seth Meyers will again attend, the nonprofit group announced on Wednesday.
Meyers, the comedian known for regularly featuring authors as guests on his popular late night talk show, hosted PEN’s awards ceremony at Town Hall in Manhattan in March 2020. Last year, however, the event took place virtually.
But with the rates of the coronavirus apparently diminishing in New York City, PEN America has decided to return for an in-person ceremony, again at City Hall.
Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, senior director of literary programs at PEN America, noted that the 2020 ceremony was “the last major event that much of the New York literary community attended before its closure.”
†[W]With acute vigilance over evolving health conditions and cautious precautions, we are delighted to once again gather the community in person for this extraordinary celebration of literary talent and triumph,” said Rosaz Shariyf.
PEN America also announced the winners of three special prizes. The PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for Performance Award went to Elaine May, Nichols’ screenwriter, director and former comedy partner.
Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, and playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury won the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award.
Masks and proof of full vaccination are required for the event, which will be held February 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Tickets are available here†
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.