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Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Bellwether Prize

When I recently came across a book that was the subject of an earlier blog post by Sue, I noticed it has a new sticker on it: PEN/Bellwether Prize Winner for Socially Engaged Fiction. This led me to look up more about this award and its background. Here’s what I learned:

The Bellwether Prize, which was established in 2000 by Barbara Kingsolver and is funded entirely by her, was created to promote fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. The $25,000 prize is awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that exemplifies the prize’s founding principles. The winner also receives a publishing contract with Algonquin Books. The PEN/Bellwether Prize will be conferred at PEN’s Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City in the fall of 2014.

Past winners include:

2000 – Donna Gershten for Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth [now on order for KPL]

2002 – Gayle Brandeis for The Book of Dead Birds

2004 – Marjorie Kowalski Cole for Correcting the Landscape

2006 – Hillary Jordan for Mudbound  

2008 – Heidi W. Durrow for The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

2010 – Naomi Benaron for Running the Rift

2012 – Susan Nussbaum for Good Kings Bad

Book

PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
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http://www.pen.org/content/penbellwether-prize-25000
Karen S

Comments

Karen, I'm glad to have Good Kings, Bad Kings get more attention! It was one of the best books that I read in the past year and certainly deserves this prize.
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