Join us in celebrating the 41st Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration on May 10, 2021 as we honor this year’s distinguished books and authors. This exquisite literary evening will feature original readings by our PEN/Faulkner Award winner and four finalists; commendations by our three judges; a presentation by our inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion, LeVar Burton; and appearances by special guests Stephen King, Francine Prose, Luis Alberto Urrea, Angie Thomas, and Jason Reynolds, among others.
PEN/Faulkner has adopted a Pay-What-You-Will model for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration to ensure that the event remains accessible to all audiences. Please make a donation in any amount you choose, if you're able. Your support helps us provide students across DC with high quality literary opportunities, host public literary programs, and recognize major literary achievements.
Learn more about this year's winning book–the "first among equals," selected from among the five finalists–The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw (West Virginia University Press), as well as about this year's four finalists.