Highlights from PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction ceremony

In Washington, DC on May 14, 2016 at the Folger Library: http://wapo.st/25J7xVS in @washingtonpost
  1. The three judges read 493 entries to choose this year's winner and four finalists.
    Any work of fiction by an American published in 2015 was eligible.
  2. NPR's Neda Ulaby served as the MC for the ceremony.
    Ms. Ulaby took a nasty fall as she walked on stage, but got right back up and joked, "On radio, you never would have known about that!"
  3. Finalist Julie Iromuanya read from her novel "Mr. and Mrs. Doctor"
  4. Finalist Luis Alberto Urrea recited from memory a story in his collection "The Water Museum" (Little, Brown)
    He didn't really "recite" it -- he performed it! Was a huge hit with the audience. Review here: http://wapo.st/1qm4WQF
  5. Finalist Elizabeth Tallent read about a tree-sitter in her collection "Mendocino Fire"
  6. Finalist Viet Thanh Nguyen read from his Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel, "The Sympathizer" (Grove/Atlantic)
    He noted that 1 percent of his readers abandon "The Sympathizer" when they reach the sex-with-squid scene. Review here: http://wapo.st/1TcdEP2
  7. James Hannaham won $15,000 for "Delicious Foods" (Little, Brown)
    "Was there some kind of clerical error?!" asked the incredibly gracious Mr. Hannaham. Review here: http://wapo.st/1LcUbdx