Professor Kenneth Calhoun Named to Long List for 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Novel "Black Moon"

Professor Kenneth Calhoun Named to Long List for 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Novel "Black Moon"

March 17, 2015

Kenneth Calhoun, Chair of Lasell's Graphic Design Department and author of the novel Black Moon about a dystopian society fueled by insomnia, has been selected for the Long List for the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.

Calhoun's debut novel, released in paperback earlier this year, received positive reviews from such publications as Publisher's Weekly and other national media outlets.

"It's a great honor just to make the Long List," said Calhoun. Black Moon is among nine other novels on the list.

The PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work-a novel or collection of short stories-represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise. The winner receives a cash award of $25,000, a stipend intended to permit a significant degree of leisure in which to pursue a second work of literary fiction. The Short List for the award will be announced April 15.

Published by Hogarth - a division of Crown - Random House - Black Moon follows the protagonist Biggs who lives in a world where everyone he knows, including his wife, suffers from insomnia.

Calhoun previously received a 2011 PEN/O. Henry Award for his short story Nightblooming.

The PEN Literary Awards - among the most comprehensive in the United States - are given each year. With the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers more than $150,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children's literature, translation, drama, or poetry. International PEN, the worldwide association of writers, was founded in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere; to emphasize the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned, and sometimes killed for their views.