Emily St. John Mandel’s latest book is about the end, but her career is blossoming like never before. Her dystopic novel “Station Eleven” (Knopf), which describes a world devastated by a flu pandemic, was a finalist for the National Book Award in November, is on the longlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize in England, and is now among the finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize.
The other finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize, announced this morning in Washington, are:
• Jeffery Renard Allen, “Song of the Shank” (Graywolf).
• Jennifer Clement, “Prayers for the Stolen” (Hogarth).
• Atticus Lish, “Preparation for the Next Life” (Tyrant).
• Jenny Offill, “Dept. of Speculation” (Knopf).
The winner, who will receive $15,000, will be announced on April 7. The finalists will receive $5,000. All five writers will speak at the 35th annual PEN/Faulkner Award ceremony at the Folger Library in Washington on May 2. This year’s host will be B.J. Novak, the actor/producer well-known for his work on “The Office” and the author of “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.” Tickets for the event, which includes a buffet dinner, are $100.
The judges for this year’s award are Alexander Chee, Marc Fitten and Deirdre McNamer. They considered 360 novels and story collections by American authors published during 2014. In a statement released today, they said, “The finalists we chose are writing some of the best of American fiction now – urgent and profound work that is deeply engaged with our world, even as it redefines what we call ‘American fiction,’ and what we think of as America.”
All the finalists live in New York, except for Clement, who lives in Mexico City.