PEN International is a worldwide association of writers, founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere. The US version of PEN announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards, spanning fiction, nonfiction, biography, essays, translation, and more on 12th March.
The finalists will be announced on April 15 at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at The New School in New York City.
The longlists have a name of interest to the followers of African literature; Teju Cole. Cole who was born in Nigeria but now share his time between the USA and Nigeria is the running for the PEN Open Book Award. This award is for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2014 and will be judged by R. Erica Doyle, W. Ralph Eubanks, and Chinelo Okparanta. This nomination is for his Random House book Every Day Is for the Thief.