Note: the ceremony will include announcement of the 2021 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award winner The 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony honors and celebrates remarkable literature, along with the writers, [...]
Note: the ceremony will include announcement of the 2021 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award winner
The 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony honors and celebrates remarkable literature, along with the writers, translators, editors, and publishers who helped these stories come to life. Dubbed by past host Seth Meyers as “the Oscars for books,” the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony will confer over $380,000 to writers and translators at all stages of their careers.
We are pleased to invite all members of the literary community and general public to join for the live announcement of our book awards winners, selected from a list of 55 finalist books featuring outstanding voices in translation, fiction, poetry, science writing, essay, biography, drama, and more. To learn more about our finalists, please read our announcement via The Paris Review.
The ceremony will additionally include the presentation of PEN America’s career achievement awards, celebrating the work of Anne Carson, Kwame Dawes, Daniel Alexander Jones, Pierre Joris, and George C. Wolfe, with special guest presenters Lydia Davis, Jeremy O. Harris, Laurie Anderson, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, among others. The evening’s virtual celebrations will be hosted by Harlem-born and raised actor and off-Broadway phenomenon Kara Young.
This year’s ceremony celebrates literary icons and the brightest stars in contemporary literature, but also the creativity, resilience, power, and beauty demonstrated by so many in the literary community. In the wake of the struggles of the past year, PEN America is proud to support and uplift the literary voices that have been critical in helping us persevere through these troubling times. The writers we will recognize are revolutionaries, icons, and masters of their craft. We hope you’ll join us for a night of literary celebration, to recognize the necessity of the human stories these writers tell.
To learn more about our judges who make our program possible, please visit our Meet the Judges webpage.
The 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Program and Ceremony recognizes the generous signature sponsorship from the JKW Foundation, in memory of Jean Stein and her extraordinary contributions to literature.
When reserving a ticket, please consider making a donation to directly support writers through the Literary Awards Program. Suggested donation: $15-$100.
(Thursday) 7:00 pm
Online Event (registration required)
LOA LIVE presents E.O. Wilson: An Earth Day Tribute A conversation with David Quammen, Richard Rhodes, Bill Finch, and Graham Townsley Presented in partnership with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Thursday, [...]
LOA LIVE presents
E.O. Wilson: An Earth Day Tribute
A conversation with David Quammen, Richard Rhodes, Bill Finch, and Graham Townsley
Presented in partnership with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Thursday, April 22nd
6:00 to 7:00 pm Eastern
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward O. Wilson has transformed our sense of the natural world and humanity’s place in it. In a time of climate crisis and shrinking biodiversity, his lyrical, thought-provoking, and increasingly prophetic work inspires wonder and reverence for our fragile natural world.
Join renowned nature and science writer David Quammen, editor of the new LOA collection Edward O. Wilson: Biophilia, The Diversity of Life, Naturalist, award-winning environmental journalist Bill Finch, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Wilson biographer Richard Rhodes for an Earth Day exploration of Wilson’s legacy as naturalist, writer, and thinker. Special guest: documentary filmmaker Graham Townsley (E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men). The event will be introduced by Paula Ehrlich, CEO & President, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and President and Publisher of Library of America, Max Rudin.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This Earth Day, Bill Finch, Principal Conservation Science Advisor to E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Half-Earth Project will participate in "Sharing Stories: The Diversity, Ecology, and History of the Mobile-Tensaw [...]
This Earth Day, Bill Finch, Principal Conservation Science Advisor to E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Half-Earth Project will participate in “Sharing Stories: The Diversity, Ecology, and History of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta” online conference Thursday, April 22nd, 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Dr. Finch will speak alongside the Director of Historic Blakeley State Park, Mike Bunn, and Honors College of University of Alabama students, Ruby Staten and Lex McKinnell.
The Honors College has collected oral histories from current and former residents of the greater Mobile-Tensaw Delta, particularly Blakeley Bluff in Spanish Fort. These narratives will be shared through a public conversation with the community by way of this online conference. Our hope is not only to share stories and imbue curiosity, but also to create what philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah calls an “endless shared conversation of friendship” that cultivates a foundation for social and cultural understanding across our varied heritages, cultures, and experiences.
Bill Finch, Principal Conservation Science Advisor to E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Half-Earth Project.
Bill Finch works to address conservation issues throughout the southeastern United States, including creation of a Mobile-Tensaw Delta national park unit in Alabama. Bill was formerly the conservation director for The Nature Conservancy’s Alabama office, director of the Mobile Botanical Gardens, and a managing editor with the Mobile Press-Register. Bill is the author of Longleaf, Far As the Eye Can See, and is a well-known regional writer and media host. He has received numerous regional and national awards for his writing on conservation and environmental issues.
Registration required: https://bit.ly/3e3kTX2
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Honors College of University of Alabama