PEN/Open Book

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PEN/Open Book (known as the Beyond Margins Award through 2009) is a program intended to foster racial and ethnic diversity within the literary and publishing communities, and works to establish access for diverse literary groups to the publishing industry.[1] Created in 1991 by the PEN American Center, the PEN/Open Book program ensures custodians of language and literature are representative of the American people.

The Committee discusses mutual concerns and strategies for advancing writing and professional activities, and coordinates Open Book events. While multiple awards were presented in previous years, the PEN Open Book Award now presents one award every year to books published in the United States (but without citizenship or residency requirements) by "authors of color who have not received wide media coverage".

The award is one of many PEN awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centers around the world. The PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the "major" American literary prizes.[2]

List of winners and runners-up[edit]

Blue Ribbon (Blue ribbon) = winner



Renamed to PEN/Open Book in 2010
2010 and earlier had no runner-up, all considered winners

  • Faith Adiele: Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun
  • Raquel Cepeda (editor): And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years
  • Lan Samantha Chang: Inheritance
  • Lolita Hernandez: Autopsy of an Engine, and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant
  • Ishle Yi Park: The Temperature of This Water
  • Laila Halaby: West of the Jordan: A Novel
  • Suki Kim: The Interpreter
  • Nasdijj: The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping
  • Willie Perdomo: Smoking Lovely
  • April Reynolds: Knee-Deep in Wonder: A Novel
Earlier winners


  1. ^ "PEN Beyond Margins". National Book Critics Circle. November 19, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Alfred Bendixen (2005). "Literary Prizes and Awards". The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 689. 
  3. ^ "2017 PEN Open Book Award". PEN. February 22, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ "2016 PEN Open Book Award". PEN. April 13, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ "2015 PEN Literary Award Winners". PEN. May 8, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Ron Charles (July 30, 2014). "Winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards". Washington Post. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2014 PEN Open Book Award". Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (August 14, 2013). "Jacket Copy: PEN announces winners of its 2013 awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2013 PEN Open Book Award". Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2012 PEN Open Book Award". Retrieved August 1, 2014. 

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