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Claudia Rankine Makes 2015 PEN Open Book Shortlist

Claudia Rankine's Citlizen is shortlisted for 2015 PEN Open Book Award

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (Graywolf Press) continues to mine literary acclaim, making it to the shortlist of the 2015 PEN Open Book Award, one of the slate of prizes in the PEN Literary Awards. Rankine is contending for the US$5,000 prize which is awarded to an exceptional book (whether fiction, non-fiction or poetry) by an author of colour.

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabin Alameddine (Grove Press), Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole (Random House), An Untamed Stage by Roxane Gay (Black Cat), and The City Son by Samrat Upadhyay (Soho Press) are the other works making the shortlist. 

The PEN Literary Awards honours fiction, non-fiction, biography, essays, translation, poetry and as well as offers prizes awarding and encouraging career achievement. Awards in the PEN Literary Award includes the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, The PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the PEN/ Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

R. Erica Doyle, W. Ralph Eubanks and Chinelo Okparanta are the 2015 judges of the PEN Open Book Award.

The winner of the 2015 PEN Open Book Award will be announced June 8, 2015 at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony, at The New School, New York.

PEN Open Book Award Longlist

An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press), Rabih Alameddine

Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Charles M. Blow

Team Seven (Doubleday), Marcus Burke

Every Day Is for the Thief (Random House), Teju Cole

An Untamed State (Black Cat), Roxane Gay

Streaming (Coffee House Press), Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books), Marlon James

Kinder Than Solitude (Random House), Yiyun Li

Citizen (Graywolf Press), Claudia Rankine

The Fateful Apple (Urban Poets and Lyricists), Venus Thrash

The City Son (Soho Press), Samrat Upadhyay