Told ya, twice

Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, Dallas author Ben Fountain's debut collection of short stories and one of my top picks for last year, just won the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a first book. He won over the popular Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which received an honorable mention. The two finalists were Rebecca Johns for Icebergs, and Yvette Christianse for Unconfessed. The other honorable mention went to Janna Levin for A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.

Last week, Ben won the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Fiction Award.

Yee, as they say in Texas. Haw.

March 6, 2007 12:16 PM |



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