Posted on 05/02/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi will be honored as the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner on Saturday night.

Oloomi’s second novel, Call Me Zebra, was deemed the best published work of fiction by an American citizen from last year.

The novel describes the travels of a young Iranian woman who believes she’s among the “guardians of the archive of literature”; you can read about its creation and Oloomi’s reaction to her win in the Washington Post.

Call Me Zebra triumphed over Tomb of the Unknown Racist, by Blanche McCrary Boyd; The Overstory, by Richard Powers; Love War Stories, by Ivelisse Rodriguez; and Don’t Skip Out on Me, by Willy Vlautin.

All five authors will hear judges’ words of praise for their works and do a reading at the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner on Saturday night.

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