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The nonprofit organization PEN America announced the winners of its annual literary awards Tuesday night, with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah taking home the prestigious PEN/Jean Stein Award for book of the year for his debut short story collection, “Friday Black.”
Adjei-Brenyah’s competition for the award, which comes with a $75,000 cash prize, included authors Tara Westover, Richard Powers, Ada Limón and José Olivarez.
“In writing this book, I wanted these stories to be out in the world even if my name wasn’t associated with them,” Adjei-Brenyah said, accepting the award. “Maybe someone would feel seen, push a conversation that needed to happen. … If we can imagine a world much worse than ours, we can collectively imagine one that is much better.”