We have more fantastic news to share: BOA collection Bridge by Robert Thomas is the 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Award winner for Fiction! Selected by a distinguished panel of writers, editors, critics, and journalists, Thomas will be honored with the other 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Awards winners at the at the 25th Annual Literary Awards Festival on November 16, 2015, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The Literary Awards Festival is PEN Center USA's major fundraising event of the year, as well as the West's major literary event of the year, and is attended by over four hundred fifty notable writers, editors, critics, journalists, educators, PEN Center USA members, and benefactors. He will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The event consists of a dinner and the awards program, which also includes the presentation of PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Award of Honor, First Amendment Award, and Freedom to Write Award. Set in modern-day San Francisco, Bridge probes the stormy life of Alice, a passionate and whip-smart young woman who works at a law firm. Alice faces despair and occasional rapture as she struggles with simultaneously real and hallucinated relationships, including a tumultuous romance with her co-worker David and an escalating war with her supervisor Fran. In lyrical prose, Bridge exposes a raw, brilliant, and furious mind as it treads the jagged terrain of mental illness, murder, and suicide—to be or not to be. Robert Thomas is also the author of Door to Door (2002, Fordham University Press), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize, as well as Dragging the Lake (2006, Carnegie Mellon University Press). He has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and won a Pushcart Prize. He lives with his wife in Oakland, California, and works as a legal secretary in San Francisco. Congratulations on this much deserved honor, Robert! Click here to view the full list of 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Awards winners!
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