Leslye Walton, G. Willow Wilson take home PEN Center award

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the strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavender leslye waltonLeslye Walton took home the PEN Center USA 2015 Literary Award for best young adult fiction for her novel The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

In The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Ava Lavender was born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others.

G. Willow Wilson, author of the Ms. Marvel comic series, took home the Graphic Literature Innovator award. The first in the comic series is Ms. Marvel: No Normal and is written by Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt. It takes place in the larger Marvel universe and follows Kamala Khan, a young Muslim girl who finds herself gifted with supernatural powers.

The 2015 Pen Center USA Literary Awards honor the best of writers from the West while celebrating creative writers who foster free speech. The awards will be presented by comedian Aisha Tyler on November 16.

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