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2013 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards


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The 2013 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles 23rd Annual Literary Book Awards

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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.

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.

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The 2013 PEN Oakland Literary Award Winners
Andrew Lam, Birds of Paradise Lost: Thirteen Stories of the Vietnamese Diaspora (fiction), Red Hen Press
Luis J. Rodriguez (author), Denise M. Sandoval (editor), Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams:  How the Arts Are Transforming a Community, (anthology: non-fiction, poetry, art), Tia Chucha
Lucille Lang Day, Married At Fourteen, (memoir), Heyday Books.
Toni Morrison, Home, (fiction), Vintage International
Tim Seibles, Fast Animal, (poetry) Etruscan Press
Christopher Wagstaff (Editor). A Poet’s Mind: Collected Interviews with Robert Duncan, 1960-1985 (interviews), North Atlantic Books.
Recipient of the Reginald Lockett Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award is Jesse Douglas Taylor, for his gadfly writings exposing the hypocrisies and errors of Bay Area politicians.
Recipient of the Censorship Award is Chris Hedges, who has been dubbed the conscience of journalism for his resistance to the platitudes and distortions of corporate journalism.

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.


Saturday, December 7, 2013 – 2pm – 5pm


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Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch
5366 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Phone: 510.597.5017

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For further information, please contact Tennessee Reed at 510.206-6107


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