Several literary award winners and nominees have been announced lately.
Keep reading for the latest on the Benjamin Franklin winners, Lambda Literary Award winners, the 2011 PEN/Malmud Award, and the 2011 Arab American Book Awards.
Benjamin Franklin Awards
The 23rd annual Benjamin Franklin Awards have honored 152 winners and finalists in 51 categories. The awards are sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association. A full list of winners can be found here.
23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards
This year's awards for excellence in LGBT literature honored recipients in 24 categories. A full list of winners can be found on their website.
This year's PEN/Malmud Award for excellence in short fiction has been awarded to Edith Pearlman. Pearlman has authored four collections of short stories, been featured in two anthologies, and has published countless short stories for magazines and literary journals. Her most recent collection, Binocular Vision (Lookout Books) was published in 2011.
2011 Arab American Book Award Winners
This year's winners have been announced for the Arab American Book Awards. The awards are sponsored by the Arab American National Museum.
Fiction: Loom: A Novel by Therese Soukar Chehade (Syracuse University Press)
Evelyn Shakir Nonfiction Award: Arab Americans in Toledo: Cultural Assimilation and Community Involvement Editor Samir Abu-Absi (University of Toledo Press)
Poetry: Tocqueville by Khaled Mattawa (New Issues Poetry and Prose)
Children's/YA: Saving Sky by Diane Stanley (HarperCollins Children's)
Nonfiction: Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity--My Own and What it Means to Be a Woman in Chaos by Manal M. Omar (Sourcebooks)
Poetry: This is a Nice Neighborhood by Farid Matuk (Letter Machine Editions)
Children's/YA: Time to Pray by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon (Boyd Mills Press)