The 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award finalists and winners were honored yesterday afternoon in a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts.
Patrick Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, representing the Hemingway Foundation, read a piece by Ernest Hemingway about a Japanese earthquake. Brigid Pasulka read from her novel A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True, winner of the Hemingway/PEN Award for a first work of fiction, and the winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN Award for nonfiction, Elyssa East, read from her book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town.
The keynote speaker and one of this year’s judges, Dorothy Allison, author of seven books of fiction, essays and poetry, including Bastard Out of Carolina, a National Book Award finalist, gave a rousing talk to all the writers and potential writers in the audience to close out the event.
2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award Winner:
Brigid Pasulka, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
C.E. Morgan, All the Living (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone (Knopf)
Mary Beth Keane, The Walking People
Lydia Peelle, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing
2010 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award Winners
Anne Sanow, Triple Time (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Elyssa East, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)
Meg Kearney, Home by Now (Four Way Books)