The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement

The Kenyon Review has selected T.C. Boyle as the winner of the 2019 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.

Photo of T.C. Boyle, credit: Jamieson FryOne of the most inventive and wickedly funny fiction writers today, T.C. Boyle creates memorable characters—both despicable and compelling—who lay bare the hidden truths of human nature. Boyle will accept the Kenyon Review award in New York City on Nov. 6th.

The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement is presented at a gala benefit dinner each year in New York City at the Rainbow Room. The prize honors careers of extraordinary literary achievement, recognizing writers whose influence and importance have shaped the American literary landscape. It celebrates writers for the courage of their vision, their unparalleled imagination, and for the beauty of their art.

This is an awards dinner unlike any other—the food and wine are exceptional, as has been the company—counting such luminaries as Roger Rosenblatt, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gloria Vanderbilt, the late George Plimpton, and more among its guests. Past years have seen such corporations as Bloomberg, MacAndrews & Forbes, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, and other distinguished companies sign on as sponsors.

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Proceeds from the benefit dinner support the Kenyon Review. Funds are raised through table sponsorships, ticket sales, donations, and a live auction. The event insures the future legacy of one of America’s oldest and most respected literary journals. Further, the live auction includes the opportunity to support scholarships to KR‘s celebrated summer programs—nurturing the next generations of writers and readers.

About T.C. Boyle

T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twenty-eight books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010), When the Killing’s Done (2011), San Miguel (2012), T.C. Boyle Stories II (2013), The Harder They Come (2015), The Terranauts (2016), The Relive Box (2017) and Outside Looking In (2019).

He received a PhD degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1974, and his BA in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978, where he is Distinguished Professor of English. His work has been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages, including German, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Farsi, Croatian, Turkish, Albanian, Vietnamese, Serbian and Slovene.

His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including the Kenyon Review, the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta, and McSweeney’s, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Prise for best novel of the year (World’s End, 1988); the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story (T.C. Boyle Stories, 1999); and the Prix Médicis Étranger for best foreign novel in France (The Tortilla Curtain, 1997). He currently lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.

Photo Credit: Jamieson Fry