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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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Ben Ehrenreich & Ether on Spotify

Over at Largehearted Boy, novelist Ben Ehrenreich created a free playlist for his novel, Ether. The list of artists that kept him inspired ranged from Gang of Four to Lucinda Williams to John Cale.

Follow this link to join the free service. We also recommend you check our “How to Control Your Facebook Apps” post to make sure you are happy with your privacy settings on Spotify. We’ve already built “12 Spotify Playlists for Writers.”

Here’s an excerpt from the essay (about “Sinnerman” by the great Nina Simone): “More running, more wandering. Everyone’s running in this book, even when they’re sitting still. Not just in this book perhaps. Running to or running from? No rock to hide you and when the river’s not bleeding it’s boiling. Same goes for the sea. Keep running, sinnerman. I’ll meet you there.”

Los Angeles Review of Books Publishes eBook Edition

Today the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) launched LARB ePubs, a biweekly eBook series that will republish essays from the review’s growing archive that already counts 150 literary essays.

The individual issues will be sold at Amazon and the literary journal’s store for $4.99.

Here’s more about the series: “LARB ePubs will feature book reviews and cultural essays by prominent writers such as David Shields, Barbara Ehrenreich, Michael Tolkin, and others, delivering LARB’s exceptional content in a format that is tailored to the e-reader platform … LARB ePubs is part of an industry trend towards making long-form journalistic content available for e-publication.”

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