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Stephen King to receive Pen America Award

Award is handed out every year to a critically acclaimed writer ‘whose body of work helps us understand and interpret the human condition’

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There’s a whiff of horror about Pen America’s new Literary Service Award winner — it’s Stephen King.

The literary and human rights organisation will honour King with the award on May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident’s new novel, The Outsider, is being published on that date.

The award is handed out every year to a critically acclaimed writer “whose body of work helps us understand and interpret the human condition, engendering empathy and imagination in even the darkest hours.”

King’s books include It, The Stand and Misery.

Other writers who have won the prize include Stephen Sondheim, J.K. Rowling, Tom Stoppard, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood.

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