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William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition
Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers to Receive 2013 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Non-Fiction
"…this book is far more than a mesmerizing story about these figures and their painstakingly researched, powerfully recounted lives. Through their profiles, Boo quietly advances a compelling, critical analysis of globalization, institutional corruption, and international aid, forcing the reader to reckon with the human costs of India’s much-touted economic boom."
-From the Judges’ Citation; Eliza Griswold, Maya Jasanoff, and Edward Mendelson

Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers to Receive 2013 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Non-Fiction

"…this book is far more than a mesmerizing story about these figures and their painstakingly researched, powerfully recounted lives. Through their profiles, Boo quietly advances a compelling, critical analysis of globalization, institutional corruption, and international aid, forcing the reader to reckon with the human costs of India’s much-touted economic boom."

-From the Judges’ Citation; Eliza Griswold, Maya Jasanoff, and Edward Mendelson

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Donald O. White to Receive the 2013 PEN Translation Prize 
From the Judges’ Citation: “White demonstrates a superb flair for comic timing and a seemingly unbounded linguistic inventiveness that by turns leaves us agog with admiration and has us convulsed in laughter. This is a translator’s translation—one to demonstrate just how very agile, resourceful and utterly delectable the best translators can be. White has done us an immeasurable service in bringing into English Thelen’s forgotten masterpiece, and in doing so with such consummate and delicious mastery.”
—2013 Judges Margaret Carson, Bill Johnston, and Alex Zucker

Donald O. White to Receive the 2013 PEN Translation Prize

From the Judges’ Citation: “White demonstrates a superb flair for comic timing and a seemingly unbounded linguistic inventiveness that by turns leaves us agog with admiration and has us convulsed in laughter. This is a translator’s translation—one to demonstrate just how very agile, resourceful and utterly delectable the best translators can be. White has done us an immeasurable service in bringing into English Thelen’s forgotten masterpiece, and in doing so with such consummate and delicious mastery.”


—2013 Judges Margaret Carson, Bill Johnston, and Alex Zucker