PEN's award winners to be feted

PEN Center USA's annual awards dinner and LitFest is tomorrow night at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It's always chock full of local authors, journalists and interesting people. (Tickets are still available.) I've been a judge in the past, but I can't even get away to the dinner this time. Winners (including Dustin Lance Black and Steve Lopez, plus special awards to Elmore Leonard and Ben Goldhirsh of Good magazine) are listed behind the jump.

Fiction: KIM BARNES, A Country Called Home (Alfred A. Knopf)

Creative Nonfiction: STEVE LOPEZ, The Soloist (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Research Nonfiction: LESLIE T. CHANG, Factory Girls (Spiegel & Grau)

Poetry: SEIDO RAY RONCI, The Skeleton of the Crow (Ausable Press)

Children’s Literature: KATHI APPELT, The Underneath (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Translation: MAXINE CHERNOFF & PAUL HOOVER, Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn Publishing)

Journalism: KAREN OLSSON, Before and After (Texas Monthly)

Drama: MARISELA TREVINO ORTA, Braided Sorrow (El Centro Su Teatro)

Teleplay: GEORGE MASTRAS, Breaking Bad: Crazy Handful of Nothin’ (Sony/Gran Via/Highbridge)

Screenplay: DUSTIN LANCE BLACK, Milk (Newmarket Press)

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