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PEN/Malamud Award winners named

27th April 2010

The two authors who have won the 2010 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story have been named.

Edward P. Jones and Nam Le will each receive a USD 2,500 (GBP 1,600) prize and have been invited to take part in the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.

The prize, which was established in honour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bernard Malamud, is traditionally split between one veteran short story writer and one emerging artist in the genre.

Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize with his 2004 novel The Known World, took the award for his highly-regarded collections Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar's Children.

Vietnamese-Australian writer Le received the honour for his debut short story collection The Boat, which has previously won the Dylan Thomas Prize and Australia's Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction.

Malamud, who died in 1986, was a strong advocate of the short form, writing: 'A short story is a way of indicating the complexity of life in a few pages, producing the surprise and effect of a profound knowledge in a short time.'

Last year's PEN/Malamud Award was shared by Alistair MacLeod and Amy Hempel.

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