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Sherman Alexie wins PEN/Faulkner award
Seattle author Sherman Alexie
won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction for his short story
collection "War Dances" (Grove Presss), the foundation announced
Tuesday. Alexie, who authored four novels and three short story
collections prior to War Dances, beat out finalists Barbara Kingsolver, Lorraine Lopez
and Lorrie Moore to bag the
top award and $15,000.
War Dances is a
collection of structurally inventive pieces on the themes of love,
betrayal, familial relationships, race and class, the foundation noted
in a press release. The stories are interspersed with poems that
refract their themes or topics.
"War Dances taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that
quickens the current blood-pulse," said one of the judges Al Young. He noted the book evoked,
"All the heartbreaking ways we don’t live now -- this is the caring,
eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book."
Though Alexie might have been an underdog going against the highly
touted Kingsolver, readers shouldn’t be surprised at Alexie's win
because the foundation leaked a strong hint last week.
That's when word started circulating that Alexie would join literary
superstars Toni Morrison and Salman Rushdie at the sixth annual
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in NYC. The
festival, which runs from April 26 to May 2, features readings and
The PEN/Faulkner is just the latest major award for Alexie, whose star
is rapidly rising. Back in 2007 he won the National Book Award for
young people’s literature for his book "The Absolutely True Diary of a
Part-Time Indian," published by Little, Brown.
for more information about the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
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