Announcing the PEN Longlists, Pt. 2
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award & PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000):
For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2015.
JUDGES: Joshua Foer, Virginia Hughes, and Sonia Shah
The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations Into the Strange New Science of the Self (Dutton Books/Penguin Random House), Anil Ananthaswamy
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History (Crown), Cynthia Barnett
Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled On by Hawking Became Loved (Yale University Press), Marcia Bartusiak
The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World (W. W. Norton & Company), Joel K. Bourne Jr.
The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Tom Clynes
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (Harper Books), Frances E. Jensen, MD with Amy Ellis Nutt
Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (Little Brown and Company), Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD with Ogi Ogas
Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time—and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux), George Musser
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future (Random House), Lauren Redniss
Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World (Pegasus Books), Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000):
To honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2015.
JUDGES: David Epstein, Ann Killion, and Dave Zirin
Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster), Kent Babb
The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost in the Last Days of Castro’s Cuba (Picador), Brin-Jonathan Butler
The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group), Julie Checkoway
The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph (Little Brown and Company), Scott Ellsworth
The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse (Simon & Schuster), Molly Knight
Concussion (Random House), Jeanne Marie Laskas
Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty (Simon & Schuster), Charles Leerhsen
Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty (Simon & Schuster), Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan
Sports and Labor in the United States (SUNY Press), Michael Schiavone
The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season (Blue Rider Press), Barry Svrluga
See all the announced longlists here.