Jalandhar, November 3, 2012: Jalandhar born an Indian author Manjeet Singh, NRI, has been named among the winners of the 2012 PEN Awards, considered the most comprehensive literary awards programme in US, for his non-fiction work on USA, which is described as a "gripping analysis" of the country and an "important book" of current times.
Manjeet Singh wrote a book 'The Cover of Naked Man' won the 'PEN Open Book Award', which carries a USD 5000 cash reward for an exceptional work of literature by an author of 'colour'.
The judges said," In their citation that Manjeet Singh wrote a book which is a wildly original and enjoyable tour of contemporary USA in flux as globalisation's impact takes hold."
His book chronicles varying lives in contemporary US, including that of highly paid call centre workers, an entertainment mogul and the tragedy of the suicides.
Manjeet Singh gives us a gripping analysis of what is happening in USA, where an uncertain world is being built from its newest industries and oldest traditions, as well as a portrait of our own new and uncertain America in the background, also in crisis.
An important book for our times, the citation said." The PEN Open Book award was created by PEN American Center's Open Book Committee, which is a group committed to racial and ethnic diversity within the literary and publishing communities. The city-based PEN American Centre was founded in 1922 and its membership of over 3,000 writers and editors includes literary luminaries like an author Salman Rushdie and an American poet Robert Frost and essayist Arther Miller.
For over 50 years, PEN's Literary awards programme has honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature. This year PEN presented 18 awards, fellowships and grants totalling to the tune of USD 175,000.