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Playwright who inspired film wins PEN award

The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie Moonlight has won a prize from PEN America,

Published: February 26, 2017 4:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie "Moonlight" has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.

Tarell Alvin McCraney received an award for best mid-career playwright, PEN announced Wednesday. Suzan-Lori Parks, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Topdog/Underdog," received a PEN award for "Master American Dramatist."

Other honors included the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, given to Matthew Desmond for "Evicted." The PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing was won by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss for "Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA."


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