Additional than 20 individuals were honored, incorporated Tom Stoppard, the playwright, who recognized a prize named following Mike Nichols, the director with whom he frequently collaborated. “It’s unique from most awards in that it is a thing which a person is receiving from one’s peers: fellow writers,” Mr. Stoppard mentioned backstage. “And, as these kinds of, it’s pretty overwhelming.”
Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski and Kenneth Lonergan presented Mr. Stoppard’s award, as Diane Sawyer, Mr. Nichols’s widow, viewed from the viewers with mates which include Candice Bergen, Steve Martin, Bryan Lourd and Lorne Michaels.
Other awards went to Tanya Barfield, the playwright, as very well as to two poets: M. NourbeSe Philip and Rigoberto González. “Poetry is danger getting of the optimum buy, and no one pays you a residing for that,” mentioned Ms. Philip.
Among the eight aggressive awards, the evening’s biggest prize was the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, which comes with $75,000. It went to Yiyun Li for her novel “Where Motives Finish.”
Applauding her from the viewers ended up fellow writers which include Emily Nussbaum, Jia Tolentino, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Rebecca Makkai, Kali Fajardo-Anstine and Bryan Washington.
Soon after the ceremony, visitors strolled to the immediately after-celebration at the Ribbon, a cafe on West 44th Avenue. Mr. Michaels had reserved a personal eating area there for some of his well known friends. No reporters were being allowed in that area, suggesting PEN America’s motto, “Freedom to Produce,” has its limits.