Elmore Leonard picking up Pen Award

Gala dinner will be held Dec. 2 in Beverly Hills

Author Elmore Leonard will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pen USA at the 19th annual Literary Awards Festival to be held Dec. 2 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Other award winners include "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and George Mastras for the "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" episode of "Breaking Bad."

Pen USA is the West Coast center for the international writers' organization Pen.

Leonard has published 43 novels and numerous short stories. His work has been adapted for such films as "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight" and "Jackie Brown." He is currently finishing his next book, "Djibouti," to be published next year by HarperCollins/William Morrow.

Additionally, literary prizes, announced Tuesday by Pen USA executive director Adam Somers, will be handed out in ten genres.

This year's winners are: Fiction, Kim Barnes, "A Country Called Home"; creative nonfiction, Steve Lopez, "The Soloist"; research nonfiction, Leslie T. Chang, "Factory Girls"; poetry, Seido Ray Ronci, "The Skeleton of the Crow"; children's literature, Kathi Appelt, "The Underneath"; translation, Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover, "Selected Poems of Friedrich Holderlin; journalism, Karen Olsson, "Before and After"; drama, Marisela Trevino Orta, "Braided Sorrow"; teleplay, Mastras, "Breaking Bad: Handful of Nothin'"; and screenplay, Black, "Milk."

Producer and political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies.
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