2012 PEN/Malamud Award
James Salter has been selected to receive the 25th annual PEN/Malamud Award. Given annually since 1988 in honor of the late Bernard Malamud, this award recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction.
Salter is regarded as one of the finest living practitioners of fiction by his fellow writers, by critics, and by the lucky readers familiar with his work. Robert Burke, writing in the Bloomsbury Review, called him “one of the best writers in this country,” and Publishers Weekly has called him, “the author of some of the most esteemed fiction of the past three decades.”
The PEN/Malamud Award includes a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library that is part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series, and a prize of $5,000.
About Bernard Malamud“I like packaging a self or two in a few pages, predicting lifetimes. The drama is terse, happens faster, and is often outlandish. A short story is a way of indicating the complexity of life in a few pages, producing the surprise and effect of a profound knowledge in a short time.” ~ Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)
During his 37-year writing career, Bernard Malamud received the National Book Award twice, as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and the Gold Medal for lifetime achievement from the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His published works include: The Natural, The Magic Barrel, The Fixer, and The Stories of Bernard Malamud.
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