Ladies Lead in PEN's Literary Awards

Expect more gowns than tuxedos at the PEN awards ceremony on May 19 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. The PEN American Center has concluded and it’s clear the sisters are doin’ it for themselves. Biographer Janet Malcolm, novelist Cynthia Ozick, playwright Sarah Ruhl, translator Margaret Jull Costa, children’s literature author Theresa Nelson and poets Rosmarie Waldrop and Kimiko Hahn are among those to receive awards. Playwright Richard Nelson, whose Roman-era work Conversations in Tusculum was recently staged on Broadway, is the only guy among the honorees. He received the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Drama along with Ms. Ruhl, who wrote Dead Man’s Cellphone, which starred Mary-Louise Parker.