"Mao II," the 10th novel by Don DeLillo, has been given the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced in a statement released today. It won out over four other nominees, including "Frog," by Stephen Dixon, a professor of fiction in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
The award, which carries a prize of $10,000, will be presented at a dinner in Washington May 16. The PEN/Faulkner is the third major fiction award of the current literary season: Previously, Norman Rush's "Mating" won the National Book Award ("Frog" was also a nominee for that prize), and Jane Smiley won the National Book Critics Circle Award for "A Thousand Acres." The fourth, and last, will be the Pulitzer Prize, which will be announced April 7.