PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction ($10,000): To an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues which has been published in the United States during 2011 or 2012. Winner: Katherine Boo for Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House).
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000): For a book of essays published in 2012 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature. Winner: Robert Hass for What Light Can Do (Ecco).
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000): For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2012. Winner: Leonard Mlodinow for Subliminal (Vintage Books).
PEN Open Book Award ($5,000): For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2012. Winners: Gina Apostol for Gun Dealers’ Daughter (W.W. Norton & Co.) and Kevin Young for The Grey Album (Graywolf Press).
PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000): For a distinguished biography published in 2012. Winner: Tom Reiss for The Black Count (Broadway Books).
PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing ($5,000): To a writer
for an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book published in
2012. Winner: Michelle Markel for The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (Eerdmans), illustrated by Amanda Hall.
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000): For a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2012. Winner: Molly Weigel for The Shock of the Lenders and Other Poems by Jorge Santiago Perednik (Action Books).
PEN Translation Prize ($3,000): For a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2012. Winner: Donald O. White for The Island of Second Sight by Albert Vigoleis Thelen (Overlook Press).