by Taylor Follett
The 2018 PEN American Literary Award Winners were announced on February 20th in PEN America’s 55th annual award ceremony. The PEN Awards pride themselves in their long history of bestowing awards to influential and diverse voices in literature, the grants they are able to award to well-deserving authors, and most importantly, the incredible books they choose to honor.
As a rule, the books selected by the PEN judges make wonderful reads. This year’s winners are no exception:
The PEN Awards don’t honor only individual books—they also give awards based on authors’ contributions and entire body of work. All of the honorees are prolific and influential, and this is only a small selection of their award winning works. Find out why these authors were chosen here or just learn firsthand by reading their works: