2004 PEN Awards for Literature

SUN, APR 4, 2004 (1:09:01)

The 2004 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the L.L. Winship/PEN Awards are presented.

Jennifer Haigh is honored as the 2004 recipient of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction for Mrs. Kimble. Sean Hemingway, the grandson of Nobel Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway, will present the award.

The ceremony also honors writers Carlo Rotella and Joan Leegant as cowinners of the 2004 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, given annually to an author from New England or to an author whose writing includes a New England setting. Mr. Rotella is being recognized for Cut Time: An Education at the Fights, and Ms. Leegant for An Hour in Paradise. The L.L. Winship/PEN Award honors long-time Boston Globe editor Laurence L. Winship and is sponsored by the Boston Globe and PEN/New England.

Award-winning novelist Russell Banks, whose works Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter were made into movies and Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, serves as the ceremony's keynote speaker.

+ BIO: Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her first book, Mrs. Kimble, won the 2004 PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her second, Baker Towers, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2006 PEN/L.L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author. Both have been published in nine languages. Other fiction has been published in Granta, Ploughshares, Five Points, Good Housekeeping and other places.

+ BIO: Carlo Rotella

Dr. Carlo Rotella is Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Boson College. He has also taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Lafayette College, and Wesleyan University. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Yale University.

He has published three books: Cut Time: An Education at the Fights, which won a PEN New England Award and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Good with Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt; and October Cities: The Redevelopment of Urban Literature. He has also published chapters in other books and numerous essays and articles in journals and magazines. He has appeared on the NPR shows Fresh Air and Only a Game.

+ BIO: Joan Leegant

Joan Leegant has won numerous prizes for her story collection, AN HOUR IN PARADISE (W.W. Norton), including the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best book of Jewish-American fiction, and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for the best book by a New England author. AN HOUR IN PARADISE was also a Fall 2003 Selection for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program.

Joan attended Radcliffe College, Boston University Law School, and the Vermont College MFA Program. After practicing law for several years, she went to Jerusalem for what was to be a six month stay. She remained there for nearly three years, becoming absorbed by the varieties of Jewish experience that later made their way into her fiction.

She is a recipient of an artist grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and several fellowships from the MacDowell Colony. She teaches writing at Harvard University.

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