The PEN Literary Award season is finally here.

PEN American Center kicked off its PEN Literary Award season on Monday by announcing the longlist of finalists in two award categories: PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

Each year, the PEN Literary Awards honors the best new books written in fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama and poetry.

“Once again, we recognize writers whose careers are just budding as well as those who are deservedly renowned, those who are undiscovered as well as those who are widely acclaimed,” PEN American Center President Andrew Solomon said in a press release. Read more…

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Here are the books longlisted for the 2016 PEN Literary Awards