PEN Faulkner Award logoJeffery Renard Allen is among the short list of five finalists for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his stunning novel, SONG OF THE SHANK (Graywolf Press, 2014).

On March 10th, Judges Alexander Chee, Marc Fitten, and Deirdre McNamer announced their list of finalists, below. The winner will be announced on April 7th, and the 35th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner will be held on May 2nd, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where each author will read from their work. More

CCLA congratulates all of the finalists:
Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank (Graywolf Press)
Jennifer Clement, author of Prayers for the Stolen (Hogarth)
Atticus Lish, author of Preparation for the Next Life (Tyrant Books)
Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven (Alfred A. Knopf)
Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation (Alfred A. Knopf)

SONG OF THE SHANK is also a New York Times Notable Book of 2014. Buzzfeed includes it among the 24 best fiction books of the year and ran a beautiful essay by the author in September: “Discovering ‘Blind Tom,’ The Slave Turned Civil War-Era Pop Star.” Kirkus Reviews has named SONG OF THE SHANK a Best Book of 2014.  For this “tour de force,” Allen was also nominated for the inaugural $50,000 Kirkus Prize for fiction. More

If you missed it: listen to Leonard Lopate interview the author.

Readers stand by: following the tremendous success of SONG OF THE SHANK, Jeffery Renard Allen’s acclaimed first novel, RAILS UNDER MY BACK, will be republished in October 2015 by Graywolf Press.