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Free Samples of PEN Center USA’s 2012 Literary Award Winners

The PEN Center USA celebrated its 2012 Literary Award winners at a ceremony in Los Angeles. We’ve collected free samples of all the award winning works, follow the links below to explore.

At the ceremony, Joyce Carol Oates received lifetime achievement award. Screenplay winners Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon both thanked Oates for inspiring them, sharing a story about how Oates introduced Gansa to The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow. We interviewed Gordon last year about his writing career–watch him in the video embedded above.

Here’s more about the awards: “Each year, PEN Center USA calls for submissions of work produced or published during one calendar year by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries in the eleven categories are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics and editors. Winners are announced the following September and each receives a $1,000 cash prize, a free year of membership with PEN Center USA and an invitation to the Annual Literary Awards Festival in Los Angeles.”

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Homeland Wins Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Drama

Homeland has won the Emmy Award for best writing in a drama. Co-creator Howard Gordon accepted the award with his writing partner, Alex Gansa. In all, the show took four awards last night, including best drama.

In the video interview embedded above, we caught up with Gordon talk about his novel, Hard Target. The producer also shared some inspiring advice for aspiring television writers. Gordon was also the executive producer of 24.

Here’s an excerpt: “The writer does have the power in television, unlike a movie, where the director has an outsized measure of power–because it is an auteur’s medium and they can have 10 writers on the project. But some of the stories we are seeing on cable–whether it’s Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire or Breaking Bad, which are all just brilliant–it is creating a novelistic experience for a lot of writers.”

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