Helen Oyeyemi and Tarell McCraney Win PEN Awards

British-Nigerian writer Helen Oyeyemi has won the PEN Open Book Award for her short-story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. The collection has, quite expectedly, made it to a number of best reads of 2016 lists, including at NPR, Financial Times, Esquireand Elle.

Also worth noting, Tarell Alvin McCraney — author of In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue on which the Oscar-nominated film Moonlight is based — won the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for an American Playwright in Mid-Career. For recent interviews with McCraney, see The Fader, FlavorwireThe Guardian, The Los Angeles TimesThe New York Times, and Deadline.

Helen Oyeyemi (Saneesh Sukumaran/)

Helen Oyeyemi (Saneesh Sukumaran/)

Tarell McCraney (Jeffrey Salter)

Tarell McCraney (Jeffrey Salter)