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Ngugi Wa Thiong’o receives PEN America Literary Award.

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o was named a recipient of the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature on February 2, 2022. The PEN America Literary Awards Program announced the 2022 career achievement award winners whose honorees are Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Elaine May, and Jackie Sibblies Drury. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o was given the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement […]

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Writers of African descent on PEN America literary awards 2022 longlists.

The longlists for the PEN America literary awards 2022 were announced today, Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Here are the writers of African descent in the running. PEN America is an organization that works to defend and celebrate free expression in the United States through the advancement of literature and human rights since it was founded […]

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PEN America gives translation grant for Euphrase Kezilahabi’s “Rosa Mistika.”

Euphrase Kezilahabi’s Rosa Mistika is one of the works given a translation grant by PEN America. The revelation was made on September 15, 2021. PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants were established by PEN America following a gift of $730,000 by Michael Henry Heim, a noted literary translator in 2003. Heim believed that there was a ‘dismayingly […]

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Akwaeke Emezi, Ahmed Bouanani are PEN America 2019 Finalists.

Akwaeke Emezi and Ahmed Bouanani were announced as PEN America 2019 Finalists on January 24, 2019. Emezi is in the running for debut novel Freshwater while Bouanani is there on the strength of his poetry collection The Shutters. PEN America announces awards in different categories to celebrate the best of writing in that country. In […]