Achy Obejas Named a Finalist for 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award

Oakland, CA—March 9, 2018

The Tower of Antilles coverAt Mills since 2013, the critically acclaimed novelist, award-winning journalist, poet, and translator, Achy Obejas is among five finalists announced this week for the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction.

Her novel, The Tower of the Antilles is a collection of stories that explores how history and fate intrude on even the most ordinary of lives.                

Named for William Faulkner, the PEN/Faulkner Award was founded by writers in 1980 to honor their peers, and is now the largest juried award for fiction in the United States. Given since 1981 to the best works of fiction published by an American citizen in a calendar year, all finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels RuinsDays of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She edited and translated (into English) the anthology Havana Noir, and has since translated Junot Díaz, Rita Indiana, Wendy Guerra, and many others. In 2014, she was awarded a USA Ford Fellowship for her writing and translation. The Tower of the Antilles is her latest work.