Karen Joy Fowler wins PEN/Faulkner Award

The PEN/Faulkner association has announced that We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves has won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner award for Best Novel.

That’s quite an honor for Fowler. The PEN/Faulkner is one of the biggest literary fiction awards of the year, along with the Pulitzer, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award. This win means that Fowler is going to be a force to reckon with on the literary fiction award circuit this year.

What does this mean for the Nebula, though? No Nebula book nominee has ever won an award like this. Does this make Fowler a frontrunner? Or does her acceptance by the lit fic world mean that the novel isn’t SF? Will Nebula voters feel that since Fowler has already been rewarded with a major award, she doesn’t need the Nebula? Or will they bandwagon to show that the Nebula is choosing “major” texts?

I’ll add the PEN/Faulkner to same year awards, and it will factor in the formula. I suspect that Fowler is in the same boat she was in before the award–highly regarded, but her vote will be split by people not finding her genre-y enough. If there were more obvious SF elements in Beside Ourselves, it would be a frontrunner. Since there’s discussion about its SFness, it falls behind Gaiman’s more obviously fantasy novel.

Advertisements

Tags:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Xeno Swarm

Multiple Estrangements in Philosophy and Science Fiction

AGENT SWARM

Pluralism and Individuation in a World of Becoming

Rare Horror

We provide reviews and recommendations for all things horror. We are particularly fond of 80s, foreign, independent, cult and B horror movies. Please use the menu on the top left of the screen to view our archives or to learn more about us.

Space and Sorcery

Adventures in speculative fiction

The BiblioSanctum

A Book Blog for Speculative Fiction, Graphic Novels... and more!

The Skiffy and Fanty Show

Running away from the thought police on wings of gossamer and lace...

Relentless Reading

"A Veritable Paladin of Blogging!"

MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape

A little about me, a lot about books, and a dash of something else

Far Beyond Reality

Science Fiction and Fantasy Reviews

Andrew Liptak

three more from on high

Reading SFF

Reading science fiction and fantasy novels and short fiction.

Eamo The Geek

The Best In Sci-Fi And Fantasy Book Reviews by Eamon Ambrose

The Other Side of the Rain

Book reviews, speculative fiction, and wild miscellany.

Read & Survive

How- To Read Books

Mountain Was Here

writing like a drunken seismograph

The Grimdark Review

The very best of fantasy.

From couch to moon

Sci-fi and fantasy reviews, among other things

%d bloggers like this: