PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: (2008)

This event took place on May 10th 2008 at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is awarded annually by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to the authors of the year's best works of fiction by living American citizens. The winner receives US $15,000 and each of four runners-up receives US $5000. Finalists read from their works at the presentation ceremony in the Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.. The organization claims it to be "the largest peer-juried award in the country."

2008 - Kate Christensen, The Great Man Winner

Kate Christensen is the author of six prior novels, most recently The Astral, and the memoir Blue Plate Special. The Great Man won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She has written reviews and essays for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, The Wall Street Journal, and Food & Wine. She lives with her husband in Portland, Maine.


  • Annie Dillard, The Maytrees
  • David Leavitt, The Indian Clerk
  • T. M. McNally, The Gateway
  • Ron Rash, Chemistry and Other Stories