2013 PEN Literary Awards Announced

Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers has won another biggie. The 2013 PEN Literary Awards were announced Wednesday, and Boo's nonfiction account of poverty in India, which won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, beat out Anne Applebaum’s National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain to win the John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. Former poet laureate Robert Hass received the art of the essay award, while Sergio De La Pava won the debut novelist prize. The science writing prize was awarded to Leonard Mlodinow’s Subliminal, and the biography prize went to Tom Reiss’s for The Black Count. Winners will be honored on October 21 at the CUNY Graduate Center in a ceremony hosted by comedian and writer Andy Borowitz.