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PEN Faulkner Award

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Named for William Faulkner, who used his Nobel Prize funds to create an award for young writers, and affiliated with PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists), the international writers’ organization, the PEN/Faulkner Award was founded by writers in 1980 to honor their peers. The award judges — working fiction writers all — each read approximately 300 novels and short story collections to select a winner and four nominees. The winner, or “first among equals,” receives $15,000; each of the others receives $5,000, making PEN/Faulkner the largest juried award for fiction in the United States.

For more information, and to see a list of the other nominees for each year, please visit the Official PEN/Faulkner Award Web site. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

PEN/Faulkner Award Winners for Best Novel

2016

Book CoverJames Hannaham
Delicious Foods


2015

Book CoverAtticus Lish
Preparation for the Next Life


2014

Book CoverKaren Joy Fowler
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves


2013

Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club

2012

Book CoverJulie Otsuka
The Buddha in the Attic


2011

Deborah Eisenberg
The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

2010

Book CoverSherman Alexie
War Dances


2009

Book CoverJoseph O’Neill
Netherland


2008

Book CoverKate Christensen
The Great Man


2007

Book CoverPhilip Roth
Everyman


2006

Book CoverE.L. Doctorow
The March


2005

Book CoverHa Jin
War Trash


2004

Book CoverJohn Updike
The Early Stories


2003

noimageSabina Murray
The Caprices

2002

Book CoverAnn Patchett
Bel Canto


2001

Book CoverPhilip Roth
The Human Stain


2000

Book CoverHa Jin
Waiting


1999

Book CoverMichael Cunningham
The Hours


1998

Book CoverRafi Zabor
The Bear Comes Home


1997

womenintheirbedsminiGina Berriault
Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories


1996

Book CoverRichard Ford
Independence Day


1995

Book CoverDavid Guterson
Snow Falling on Cedars


1994

Book CoverPhilip Roth
Operation Shylock: A Confession


1993

Book CoverE. Annie Proulx
Postcards


1992

Book CoverDon DeLillo
Mao II


1991

philadelphiafireminiJohn Edgar Wideman
Philadelphia Fire


1990

Book CoverE.L. Doctorow
Billy Bathgate


1989

duskminiJames Salter
Dusk: and Other Stories


1988

worldsendminiT. Coraghessan Boyle
World’s End


1987

soldiersinhidingminiRichard Wiley
Soldiers in Hiding


1986

Peter Taylor
The Old Forest

1985

barracksthiefminiTobias Wolff
The Barracks Thief

1984

John Edgar Wideman
Sent For You Yesterday

1983

noimageToby Olson
Seaview


1982

noimageDavid Bradley
The Chaneysville Incident


1981

Walter Abish
How German is It?

Updated December 2016 sdc