PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s leading literary and human rights organization, has announced the shortlists for the 2013 PEN Literary Awards. Biology Professor David Haskell is on the short list of contenders for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for his book The Forest Unseen.
The award, which includes a cash prize, will be given for a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2012. The judges in the science writing category are Deborah Blum, Katherine Bouton and Jerome Groopman. The final winners and runners-up will be announced later this summer and will be honored at an awards ceremony in October in New York City.
The Forest Unseen also was named this spring as one of the three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in the general nonfiction category.
For more than 50 years, the PEN awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across such diverse fields as fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography and others.