The 33rd Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony: Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2013)

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This event happened on May 4, 2013 at Folger Elizabethan Theater.

Finalists Amelia Gray, Laird Hunt*, T. Geronimo Johnson, Thomas Mallon and 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award winner Benjamin Alire Sáenz take the stage for an evening of readings and celebration. They will be joined by 2013 PEN/Faulkner Judges Nelly Rosario, and A.J. Verdelle, as well as NPR journalist Jacki Lyden, our 2013 Master of Ceremonies.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz was selected as the winner of the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his collection of short fiction Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, which was published by Cinco Puntos Press. The judges—Walter Kirn, Nelly Rosario, and A.J. Verdelle—considered more than 350 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the U.S. during the 2012 calendar year. Finalists for this year’s award include Amelia Gray for her novel Threats (Farrar, Straus, Giroux); Laird Hunt, author of Kind One (Coffee House Press); T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Hold it ‘Til It Hurts (Coffee House Press); and Thomas Mallon, author of Watergate (Pantheon).