Winners of the 2010 PEN USA Literary Awards, which honor outstanding work by writers in several genres—including a new award for graphic literature—were announced earlier this week. And we’re happy to report that Minal Hajratwala‘s Lambda Award Winning memoir, Leaving India, won for  Research nonfiction. We interviewed Hajratwala earlier this year. See the full list of winners after the jump.

Other winners include Robert Chesley Award-winning playwright, Victor Lodato, for his debut novel about a 13-year old sleuth, Mathilda Savitch. Lodato was also nominated in the Drama category.

Fiction: Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato (FSG)

Poetry: Multiversal by Amy Catanzano (Fordham University Press)

Creative nonfiction: This Lovely Life by Vicki Forman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Research nonfiction: Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents by Minal Hajratwala (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Children’s/young adult literature: The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman (Candlewick Press)

Journalism: “Julius Shulman in 36 Exposures” by Mary Melton (Los Angeles Magazine)

Translation: Fady Joudah for If I Were Another by Mahmoud Darwish (FSG)

Graphic literature: Matt Fraction for his outstanding body of work

Exceptional first book: The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande by Angela Garcia (University of California Press)

Drama: Tree by Julie Hebert

Screenplay: Up in the Air by Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner

Teleplay: House: “The Tyrant” by Peter Blake

The awards  will be presented November 17 at the 20th Annual Literary Awards Festival (LitFest) in Beverly Hills, Calif.



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