‘Grey Album’ golden for Kevin Young
Emory University professor of creative writing and English Kevin Young has won the 2013 PEN Open Book Award for his book “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness.”
The award is given by the PEN American Center “for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color” published in 2012.
Judges called “The Grey Album” (Greywolf Press, $25) “an ambitious, exhilarating, impassioned work of black literary and cultural criticism, unlike any other — an inspired, sweeping book that deserves to be savored and celebrated.”
Earlier this year, “The Grey Album” was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
Young is the author of seven books of poetry and editor of seven other collections, including “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels” (2011), winner of an American Book Award.
More information: www.pen.org/literature/2013-pen-open-book-award.