Here Are the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Finalists!

If you enjoy reading Electric Literature, join our mailing list! We’ll send you the best of EL each week, and you’ll be the first to know about upcoming submissions periods and virtual events.

Congrats to Louise Erdrich, Garth Greenwell, Viet Dinh, Imbolo Mbue, and Sunil Yapa

Imbolo Mbue

Update 4/5: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue has won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner!

The five 2017 PEN/Faulkner award finalists have just been announced, and as Ron Charles at Washington Post notes, it is a very diverse set of finalists. In past years, the award has gone to authors such as Don DeLillo, Sherman Alexie, and Deborah Eisenberg. The winner will get a prize of $15,000, with the runner-ups getting $5,000 each.

Here are the finalists:

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell (read our review of the novel here and our interview with Greenwell here)

After Disasters by Viet Dinh

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (read Mbue’s recommendations for immigrant literature here)

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa (read our review here)

Congrats to all the finalists!

More Like This

The National Book Awards Put Black Lives at the Center

In the middle of the broadcast, a heartfelt video celebrated Black writers, acknowledged their erasure, and pledged to do better

Nov 19 - Jennifer Baker

Tell Us Your Favorite Fall Food and We’ll Tell You What National Book Award Nominee to Read

Apple cider donuts or pecan pie? Let us tell you what book to pair with your seasonal snacking

Sep 25 - Jae-Yeon Yoo

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards

Six extraordinary emerging writers will receive grants of $30,000 each

Sep 15 - Electric Literature
Thank You!