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“Summer is a season when people get hyper-social — with barbecues and neighborhood fairs, graduations and pool parties. In short, it’s an especially trying time for those of us who’d rather stay indoors and read a book. My early summer reading list, therefore, takes the form of a loner’s survival guide.” — from Maureen Corrigan’s summer reading guide for loners
“Undercover Readers” by Les Bryant 2009 (by lesbryant2)

nprfreshair:

“Summer is a season when people get hyper-social — with barbecues and neighborhood fairs, graduations and pool parties. In short, it’s an especially trying time for those of us who’d rather stay indoors and read a book. My early summer reading list, therefore, takes the form of a loner’s survival guide.” — from Maureen Corrigan’s summer reading guide for loners

“Undercover Readers” by Les Bryant 2009 (by lesbryant2)

Looking for some fresh new fiction for your beach bag?
Check out our recommended summer reads! Ranging from a collection of short stories from fiction writer Paul Rome’s “We All Sleep In The Same Room" to a book from Louise Aronson, talking about the real lives of doctors and patients in "A History of the Present Illness."
This year’s judges, Charles Bock, Jonathan Dee, Fiona Maazel, and Karen Shepard, chose ten titles for their longlist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, which goes to an author of a debut work of fiction. Our judges enjoyed these titles and we hope you will too.
See the list here!
Click here for the full list of long listed titles.

Looking for some fresh new fiction for your beach bag?

Check out our recommended summer reads! Ranging from a collection of short stories from fiction writer Paul Rome’s “We All Sleep In The Same Room" to a book from Louise Aronson, talking about the real lives of doctors and patients in "A History of the Present Illness."

This year’s judges, Charles Bock, Jonathan Dee, Fiona Maazel, and Karen Shepard, chose ten titles for their longlist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, which goes to an author of a debut work of fiction. Our judges enjoyed these titles and we hope you will too.

See the list here!

Click here for the full list of long listed titles.

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Happy Tuesday! Today we highlight Diversity in Literature as a part of our reading list this summer.
Our judges Catherine Chung, Randa Jarrar, and Monica Youn have chosen the following books for this year’s PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color. Covering a range of genres (Short stories! Poetry! Fiction!), these titles offer fresh glimpses into diverse cultures and introduce some startling new voices, writing both from within the U.S. and abroad.
Check out our compiled interviews, readings, and reviews on the books and their authors here. 
See the full 2014 longlist for the PEN Literary Awards here. 

Happy Tuesday! Today we highlight Diversity in Literature as a part of our reading list this summer.

Our judges Catherine Chung, Randa Jarrar, and Monica Youn have chosen the following books for this year’s PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color. Covering a range of genres (Short stories! Poetry! Fiction!), these titles offer fresh glimpses into diverse cultures and introduce some startling new voices, writing both from within the U.S. and abroad.

Check out our compiled interviews, readings, and reviews on the books and their authors here

See the full 2014 longlist for the PEN Literary Awards here

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Batter up for today’s Recommended Reading List! Pen Award Judges Joel Drucker, Chad Harbach, and Jackie MacMullan have chosen nine titles for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing published in 2013. Mickey and Willie by Allen Barra (Crown Archetype)Monsters by Rich Cohen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)Collision Low Crossers by Nicholas Dawidoff (Little, Brown and Company)The Sports Gene by David Epstein (Current)League of Denial by Mike Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru (Crown Archetype)The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko (Scribner)Francona by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)Their Life’s Work by Gary M. Pomerantz (Simon and Schuster)Game Over by Dave Zirin (The New Press) For more information on these great books, including links to interviews, reviews, and more visit http://ow.ly/xxgxA

Batter up for today’s Recommended Reading List! Pen Award Judges Joel Drucker, Chad Harbach, and Jackie MacMullan have chosen nine titles for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing published in 2013.

Mickey and Willie by Allen Barra (Crown Archetype)

Monsters by Rich Cohen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Collision Low Crossers by Nicholas Dawidoff (Little, Brown and Company)

The Sports Gene by David Epstein (Current)

League of Denial by Mike Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru (Crown Archetype)

The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko (Scribner)

Francona by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Their Life’s Work by Gary M. Pomerantz (Simon and Schuster)

Game Over by Dave Zirin (The New Press)

For more information on these great books, including links to interviews, reviews, and more visit http://ow.ly/xxgxA

Why are we giving mice cancer? Are paleo diets healthy? What really happened at Memorial Hospital on the day of Hurricane Katrina? 
Our judges Akiko Busch, Rivka Galchen, and Eileen Pollack have chosen these ten titles for their longlist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. They are exceptional books of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences. 
Below you’ll find excerpts, interviews and reviews to find your perfect summer reading match:Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
The End of Night by Paul Bogard (Little, Brown and Company)
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (Crown)
High Price by Carl Hart (Harper)
Surfaces and Essences by Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander (Basic Books)
Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem (Penguin Press)
Gulp by Mary Roach (W.W. Norton & Company)
Weird Life by David Toomey (W.W. Norton & Company)
What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren (Touchstone)
Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk (W.W. Norton & Company)For more information on these great titles, including interviews and reviews, visit http://ow.ly/xxCdj

Why are we giving mice cancer? Are paleo diets healthy? What really happened at Memorial Hospital on the day of Hurricane Katrina?

Our judges Akiko Busch, Rivka Galchen, and Eileen Pollack have chosen these ten titles for their longlist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. They are exceptional books of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences.

Below you’ll find excerpts, interviews and reviews to find your perfect summer reading match:

Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

The End of Night by Paul Bogard (Little, Brown and Company)

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (Crown)

High Price by Carl Hart (Harper)

Surfaces and Essences by Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander (Basic Books)

Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem (Penguin Press)

Gulp by Mary Roach (W.W. Norton & Company)

Weird Life by David Toomey (W.W. Norton & Company)

What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren (Touchstone)

Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk (W.W. Norton & Company)

For more information on these great titles, including interviews and reviews, visit http://ow.ly/xxCdj

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School is out! And the kids will love these stories. These picture books are entertaining and educational for every age. Our Judges Mac Barnett, Ted Lewin, and Elizabeth Winthrop have selected the following titles for the PEN/Steven Kroll Award longlist. It was established in memory of Steven Kroll to acknowledge the distinct literary contributions of picture book writers. Kroll, a former PEN Trustee and long-time Chair of PEN’s Children’s/Young Adult Book Authors Committee, was also a prolific author of books for children. His 100th and final book was published in March 2012.  Train by Elisha Cooper (Orchard Books)
Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman (Viking)
Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo by Nancy Bo Flood (Wordsong)
Look Up! Bird-Watching In Your Own Backyard by Annette Leblanc Cate (Candlewick Press)
The King of Little Things by Bil Lepp (Peachtree Publishers)
Crabtree by Jon & Tucker Nichols (McSweeney’s McMullens)
Bugs In My Hair! by David Shannon (The Blue Sky Press)
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone (Henry Holt and Company)For more information on these great titles, including interviews and reviews, visit http://ow.ly/xA5uh


School is out! And the kids will love these stories. These picture books are entertaining and educational for every age. Our Judges Mac Barnett, Ted Lewin, and Elizabeth Winthrop have selected the following titles for the PEN/Steven Kroll Award longlist. It was established in memory of Steven Kroll to acknowledge the distinct literary contributions of picture book writers. Kroll, a former PEN Trustee and long-time Chair of PEN’s Children’s/Young Adult Book Authors Committee, was also a prolific author of books for children. His 100th and final book was published in March 2012. 


Train by Elisha Cooper (Orchard Books)
Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman (Viking)

Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo by Nancy Bo Flood (Wordsong)

Look Up! Bird-Watching In Your Own Backyard by Annette Leblanc Cate (Candlewick Press)

The King of Little Things by Bil Lepp (Peachtree Publishers)

Crabtree by Jon & Tucker Nichols (McSweeney’s McMullens)

Bugs In My Hair! by David Shannon (The Blue Sky Press)

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone (Henry Holt and Company)

For more information on these great titles, including interviews and reviews, visit http://ow.ly/xA5uh

Japanese, Greek, Russian, German, and more, these translators have turned a foreign language into an understandable one for lovers of poetry to get in touch with faraway cultures. Our Judge Kimiko Hahn has chosen the following ten titles for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation longlist for a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2013. 
Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap, translation by Martha Collins
Even Now: Poems by Hugo Claus, translation by David Colmer
Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos, translation by Karen Emmerich & Edmund Keely
fungus skull eye wing by Alfonso D’Aquino, translation by Forrest Gander
Impromptus by Gottfried Benn, translation by Michael Hofmann
Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson by Yosa Buson, translation by Takako Lento & W.S. Merwin
Colonies by Tomasz Różycki, translation by Mira Rosenthal
I Can Almost See the Clouds of Dust by Yu Xiang, translation by Fiona Sze-Lorrain
Paul Klee’s Boat by Anzhelina Polonskaya, translation by Andrew Wachtel
Cut These Words Into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs, translation by Michael Wolfe 
For more information on these authors and their translators, including interviews and excerpts, visit http://www.pen.org/blog/recommended-reading-poetry-translation

Japanese, Greek, Russian, German, and more, these translators have turned a foreign language into an understandable one for lovers of poetry to get in touch with faraway cultures. Our Judge Kimiko Hahn has chosen the following ten titles for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation longlist for a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2013. 

Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap, translation by Martha Collins

Even Now: Poems by Hugo Claus, translation by David Colmer

Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos, translation by Karen Emmerich & Edmund Keely

fungus skull eye wing by Alfonso D’Aquino, translation by Forrest Gander

Impromptus by Gottfried Benn, translation by Michael Hofmann

Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson by Yosa Buson, translation by Takako Lento & W.S. Merwin

Colonies by Tomasz Różycki, translation by Mira Rosenthal

I Can Almost See the Clouds of Dust by Yu Xiang, translation by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Paul Klee’s Boat by Anzhelina Polonskaya, translation by Andrew Wachtel

Cut These Words Into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs, translation by Michael Wolfe 

For more information on these authors and their translators, including interviews and excerpts, visit http://www.pen.org/blog/recommended-reading-poetry-translation