PEN American Center Literary Awards Announced

Susanna Daniel.

The winners of the 2011 PEN literary awards have been announced. It’s an exciting list that passes up some authors who have already taken home loads of prizes this year for some new voices, and a good year all around for women and indie publishers.

The prize for a work of debut fiction will be split between two writers: Susanna Daniel, for Stiltsville (Harper Perennial) and Danielle Evans for Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Riverhead).

Other winners are Aleksander Hemon, who won the award for mid-career fiction writers; Robert Parkinson, who won for best work of non-fiction for his book Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire (Metropolitan Books) and Mark Slouka, who won the essay award for his book Essays from the Nick of Time: Reflections and Refutations (Graywolf Press). The award for science writing went to Siddhartha Mukherjee for his book about cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies (Scribner), which also won the Pulitzer Prize. Stacy Schiff won the biography award for Cleopatra: A Life (Little, Brown and Company). There’s more here.