Joy Williams Wins PEN/Malamud Short Story Award

By Dianna Dilworth 

9781101874899Author Joy Williams has won the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. The honor comes with a $5,000 prize.

Williams is the author of five story collections, as well as four novels, and two nonfiction books.

“Joy Williams’s short stories are, sentence to sentence, incandescent, witty, alarming, often hilarious while affecting seeming inadvertence (but not really) in their powerful access to our human condition,” stated Richard Ford, one of the judges. “She is a stirring writer and has long been deserving of the Malamud Award.”

Williams will the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on December 2.