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Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Norman Lear Win 2014 PEN Literary Awards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 21, 2014 at 7:40PM

Winners of the upcoming PEN Literary Awards include Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Ben Coccio for teleplay and screenplay awards, as well as authors like Gretel Ehrlich, Octavio Solis, Lindsay Hill and Craig Malisow, among others.
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Winners of the upcoming PEN Literary Awards include Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Ben Coccio for teleplay and screenplay awards, as well as authors like Gretel Ehrlich, Octavio Solis, Lindsay Hill and Craig Malisow, among others. 

Norman Lear will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Jose Antonio Vargas who will be honored with the Freedom to Write Award.

A full list of winners at the 24th Annual Literary Awards Festival on November 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel is here and below.

Panels of writers, editors, critics and journalists belonging to PEN Center USA, a Beverly Hills-based literary nonprofit, choose the winners of The 24th Annual Literary Awards, honoring the best writing in the western United States. Each winner takes home a $1000 cash prize. The 2014 award winners include: 


Gretel Ehrlich (Creative Nonfiction Award for Facing The Wave); Octavio Solis (Drama Award for Se Llama Cristina); Lindsay Hill (Fiction Award for Sea Of Hooks); Craig Malisow (Journalism Award for Deadly Charades); Victoria Chang (Poetry Award for The Boss); Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis (Research Nonfiction Award for Dallas 1963); Ben Coccio (Screenplay Award for The Place Beyond the Pines); Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham (Teleplay Award for Girls “Together”); Wayne A. Rebhorn (Translation Award for The Decameron); and Margarita Engle (Young Adult/Children Award for The Lighting Dreamer, Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist). 
 
Last month, PEN Center USA announced honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Norman Lear; First Amendment Award recipients Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras; and Jose Antonio Vargas who will be honored with the Freedom to Write Award.

This article is related to: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow, Awards, Awards, Girls, The Place Beyond the Pines


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.