Ford wins PEN/Faulkner

April 17, 1996|By Carl Schoettler

WASHINGTON -- Richard Ford's novel "Independence Day" received the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, it was announced yesterday. This is the second major award in as many weeks for the book, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last week.

Judges Thomas Flanagan, Francisco Goldman and Joanne Meschery chose Mr. Ford's novel from five finalists, including "All Souls' Rising" by Madison Smartt Bell; "The Good Negress" by A. J. Verdelle; "The Tunnel" by William H. Gass; and "When the World Was Steady" by Claire Messud.

The PEN/Faulkner, the largest annual juried prize for fiction in the United States, is worth $15,000 to Mr. Ford and $5,000 each to the other finalists. The award is generally thought of as an evaluation of writers by their peers.

Mr. Ford and the other nominees will be honored at 7 p.m. May 18 in ceremonies at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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