June 14, 2024 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

PEN USA ANNOUNCES 2009 LITERARY AWARD WINNERS

Los Angeles — PEN USA, the West Coast center for the renowned writers’ organization International PEN, has unveiled the winners of its prestigious 2009 Literary Awards competition. The prizes, announced by PEN USA Executive Director Adam Somers, honor outstanding work by writers in 10 separate genres. They will be presented at the 19th Annual Literary Awards Festival (also known as LitFest), which will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 6:30pm.

In addition to the literary prizes, PEN USA’s LitFest gala will feature several other honors. As a tribute to his writing accomplishments, legendary author Elmore Leonard will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In a career spanning 60 years, Leonard has published 43 novels and numerous short stories, creating a distinct literary style that has delighted readers and influenced a new generation of writers. Books like Swag, LaBrava, Freaky Deaky, and Tishomingo Blues are not only classics of the crime genre, but some of the best writing of the last half century. Many of Leonard’s novels and stories have been adapted to film: most notably Get Shorty, starring John Travolta, and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; Out of Sight, starring George Clooney and directed by Steven Soderbergh; and Jackie Brown, from the novel Rum Punch, directed by Quentin Tarantino. In the spring, a TV series based on Leonard’s short story, Fire in the Hole, is scheduled to premiere on FX. Leonard’s most recent novel, Road Dogs, has received some of the best reviews of his career. He is currently finishing his next book, entitled Djibouti, to be published in 2010 by HarperCollins/William Morrow.

Serving as Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event will be Emmy-winning producer and political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell. Other special guests for this evening include Mark Johnson and Vince Gilligan, executive producers and creators of Breaking Bad, who’ll be presenting the Teleplay award, won by a script written for that show, to Writer’s Guild nominee George Mastras, as well as recent Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, who’ll receive the Screenplay award for Milk.

Recipients of the literary awards were chosen by a distinguished panel of writers, editors and journalists. Winners were selected from among more than 500 entries. Each winner will receive a $1000 cash prize presented at the Literary Awards Gala.

Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include: Woody Allen, Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Betty Friedan, Larry Gelbart, Vaclav Havel, Christopher Isherwood, Walter Mosley, Neil Simon, Jane Smiley, Robert Towne, Gore Vidal, and Billy Wilder.

Recipients of PEN USA’s Award of Honor, another major award given to an individual, a group or institution whose efforts have had a meaningful impact on writers in our culture, have included Otis Chandler and the Los Angeles Times; Jeffrey Bezos and Amazon; HBO; Bob Shaye and New Line Cinema; Martin Garbus, Laura Handman, Tom Julin and Charles Tobin – a quartet of First Amendment attorneys whose generous gifts of time and skills to the cause of journalistic freedom are justly renowned; and Michael Wright and the Turner Entertainment Network.

FULL LIST OF 2009 WINNERS:

Fiction KIM BARNES • A Country Called Home (Alfred A. Knopf)
Creative Nonfiction STEVE LOPEZ • The Soloist (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Research Nonfiction LESLIE T. CHANG • Factory Girls (Spiegel & Grau)
Poetry SEIDO RAY RONCI • The Skeleton of the Crow (Ausable Press)
Children’s Literature KATHI APPELT • The Underneath (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Translation MAXINE CHERNOFF & PAUL HOOVER • Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn Publishing)
Journalism KAREN OLSSON • Before and After (Texas Monthly)
Drama MARISELA TREVINO ORTA • Braided Sorrow (El Centro Su Teatro)
Teleplay GEORGE MASTRAS • Breaking Bad: Crazy Handful of Nothin’ (Sony/Gran Via/Highbridge)
Screenplay DUSTIN LANCE BLACK • Milk (Newmarket Press)

ABOUT PEN USA
PEN USA is a non-profit Los Angeles-based membership organization of professional writers, and the International PEN center in the United States for those writers living west of the Mississippi River. Its members are connected by the goals of building interest in the written word and defending writers worldwide by protecting freedom of expression. Among its many contributions to the literary world, PEN USA’s Emerging Voices program awards fellowships to promising writers from underserved communities and provides them with an intensive eight-month program of workshops, classes, seminars and individual mentorships. In the classrooms of many underprivileged schools across Southern California, its PEN in the Classroom program helps children and teachers alike in the process of creative reading and writing.

For further information, visit www.penusa.org
Or contact, Mann Productions (323) 314 – 7000.

XXX

Related Posts

8 Essential Things to Do After a Car Accident in Las Vegas

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

A car crash can be extremely traumatic for the people involved in it. Even if there is no major injury...

8 Essential Things to Do After a CarAccident in Las Vegas

April 8, 2024

April 8, 2024

A car crash can be extremely traumatic for the people involved in it. Even if there is no major injury...

Foreign Currency in International Business Expansion

January 2, 2024

January 2, 2024

Business has transformed into a whole different dimension. The interconnectedness across countries is increasing the feasibility of business expansions. It...

How to Select Quality Solar Panels and Installation in California

January 2, 2024

January 2, 2024

As solar energy becomes more affordable and popular, many homeowners in California are considering installing solar panels. However, not all...

Celebrating Christmas in Las Vegas: A Winter Wonderland of Fun and Festivity

November 15, 2023

November 15, 2023

As the festive season approaches, Las Vegas transforms into a glittering winter wonderland, offering a unique and magical Christmas experience....

Navigating Oxnard’s Public Transportation System: A Driver’s Guide

November 2, 2023

November 2, 2023

Whether you live in Oxnard or want to visit, it’s useful to know how to get around this coastal city....

15 Tips For Keeping Burglars Out Of Your Business

October 16, 2023

October 16, 2023

In the ever-evolving realm of business security, the persistent threat of burglary perpetually looms overhead like a dark cloud. The...

US Gambling Laws

July 12, 2023

July 12, 2023

Whilst casino gaming is a significant part of the American culture, US gambling laws are ever-changing. Prior to the Unlawful...

Reasonable Renting in The City of Angels

June 2, 2023

June 2, 2023

What would it be like to wake up in a bustling metropolis filled with endless possibilities, set against rows of...

BEST BITCOINS CASINO 2023: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

May 29, 2023

May 29, 2023

Bitcoins casino and cryptocurrency casinos are in full swing, and they will increase users exponentially in the coming years. However,...

Messi Drives Up Ticket Prices Up for this MLS Season.

May 4, 2023

May 4, 2023

Lionel Messi’s arrival in Major League Soccer (MLS) is already causing a stir, and the profound effect it is having...

Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Experience CORTEO by Cirque du Soleil!

April 25, 2023

April 25, 2023

The Show’s Run At The Microsoft Theater Ends On April 30  Time is running out for fans of CORTEO by...

Enforcement of LA’s Home Sharing Ordinance for Short-Term Rentals Falls Significantly in 2022

April 4, 2023

April 4, 2023

Better Neighbors LA report highlights the inadequacies of enforcement measures for short-term rentals in Los Angeles, calling for increased regulation...

Tragic Fire Claims Lives of Elderly Couple and Their Cat in Mar Vista

February 9, 2023

February 9, 2023

Doris Bergman and Albert Sassoe Jr. victims in Wednesday morning fire By Sam Catanzaro An elderly couple and their cat...

4 Tips for Landing Your Dream Job

January 2, 2023

January 2, 2023

New graduates have fresh skill sets and they are driven by a desire to succeed. Hampering this desire, however, is...