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2021 PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony

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Join us for this virtual ceremony celebrating Charles Baxter, the 2021 winner of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story!

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Awarded annually to writers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story is one of the nation’s most significant literary prizes for the short story form.

This year, we are celebrating our 2021 winner, Charles Baxter, in a ceremony that will feature a reading as well as an in-depth conversation with GW Professor Lisa Page, and an audience Q&A. The event will also feature remarks by Janna Malamud Smith, Bernard Malamud's daughter.

This evening is hosted in partnership with the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University.

Live captioning will be available for this event.


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Charles Baxter is the author of six collections of short stories, including There’s Something I Want You to Do, which was a finalist for the Story Prize in 2016; Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (2011), The Soul Thief (2008), and Saul and Patsy (2003). He has edited the stories of Sherwood Anderson, published by the Library of America in 2012. He received the Award of Merit in the Short Story in 2007 and the Award in Literature in 1997 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Rea Award in the Short Story in 2012. His stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories seven times and in The Pushcart Prize Anthology eleven times, and they have been translated into many languages. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, and Harper’s, among other journals and magazines. He has also published six novels, including The Sun Collective (2020) and The Feast of Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2000 and was made into a film starring Morgan Freeman. He has also published essays on fiction collected in Burning Down the House and Beyond Plot and edited or co-edited several books of essays: The Business of Memory, Bringing the Devil to His Knees, and A William Maxwell Portrait. He was born in Minneapolis in 1947, graduated from Macalester College with a BA in 1969 and from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a PhD in 1974, and lived for many years in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was the Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota and also taught at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Stanford, and the University of Iowa. He now lives in Minneapolis.


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Lisa Page is co-editor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America, (Beacon Press). Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, LitHub Weekly, The Crisis, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Playboy, the Washington Post Book World and other publications. She is assistant professor of English at the George Washington University and Director of Creative Writing. She previously served as Interim Director of Africana Studies. She is also the former President of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and a faculty member of the Yale Writer’s Workshop.


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For more than 40 years, American University’s MFA Program has developed the voices and talent of exceptional writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. To learn more about the program, visit us @ https://www.american.edu/cas/literature/mfa/

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The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement. We annually administer the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers.

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