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Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement
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Jennifer Clement is President of PEN International—the first woman to be elected since the organization was founded in 1921. Among many honors for her work, the internationally acclaimed novel Prayers for the Stolen was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, and winner of the Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. Her most recent novel, Gun Love, was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books to Read. Award-winning author Rick Bass declares Clement “one of our most inventive novelists. There’s no telling what she’ll see. Whatever it is, it’s something right in front of us, but—here is the magic trick—something we have never before seen. Gun Love is an amazement: fierce, inventive, tender.” She is also the author of the memoir Widow Basquiat, about New York City in the early 1980s and the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. NPR rated it one of the best books of 2015 in seven different categories. Vogue called it “essential summer reading.”

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