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The 2013 PEN Oakland 23RD Annual Literary Book Awards
The 23rd annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Avenue from 2 to 5 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and book signings. For further information, please contact Tennessee Reed at (510) 206-6107.
Called by The New York Times, “The Blue Collar PEN,” since 1989 PEN Oakland has recognized authors for outstanding literary achievement. Without a single dime from corporations or a board dominated by mainstream publishers, writers are recognized by their fellow writers.
The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions.
The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. Upon receiving his award Norman Mailer said, “Part of the pleasure of receiving the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award for 1996 is that I can now think of myself as an honorary citizen of Oakland, not a sister-city, but a West Coast mate to Brooklyn, my old place.”
The awards were named for Josephine Miles, the great poet and University of California at Berkeley faculty member.