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PEN/Faulkner Award shortlist announced

23rd February 2012

The shortlist for one of America's most prestigious literary prizes, the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award, has been announced, with five bestselling authors in contention for the prize.

They include veteran novelist Don DeLillo, who won the award in 1991 for his acclaimed work Mao II and is nominated once more for his latest volume of stories, The Angel Esmeralda.

He is joined on the shortlist by Anita Desai, who has been thrice nominated for the Man Booker Prize and is in with a chance of scooping this year's PEN/Faulkner Award for The Artist of Disappearance.

Steven Millhauser, who won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Martin Dressler, is in contention for We Others: New and Selected Stories, while Russell Banks' controversial novel Lost Memory of Skin, written from the point of view of a sex offender, has also been nominated.

The shortlist is completed by Julie Otsuka, whose acclaimed novel The Buddha in the Attic was a finalist in the 2011 National Book Awards.

The winner of the USD 15,000 (GBP 9,500) prize will be announced on March 26th, with the four beaten finalists each receiving USD 5,000.

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