On December 5, 2013, the Puerto Rico PEN Club held an award ceremony recognizing the best books and authors of 2012; the award-conferral was divided into several genres: memoir, essay, novel, short story, theater, poetry, and children’s literature. The event was dedicated to writers Emilio Díaz Valcárcel and Manuel de la Puebla. Emerging and established voices of Puerto Rican literature were recognized. Among the winners in various genres were Rosario Ferré’s Memoria (Memoir), Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá’s Mapa desfigurado de la literatura antillana (Essay), Roberto Ramos Perea’s Bruja de Dios (Theater), and Samuel Silva Gotay’s Las aventuras de Juan Cecilio en la ciudad perdida (Children’s Literature). See more details (from 80grados) with a link to the original article below:
This year, the winners of the New Voices Award [Premio Nuevas Voces] were Anuchka Ramos Ruíz, for short story (“Azulejos”) and Carlos Eduardo Silva Velázquez, for poetry (“Teoría de la ausencia”).
In the poetry category, the first prize went to Mapa al corazón del hombre (Isla Negra Editores) by Carlos Roberto Gómez; the second prize went to the El proceso traductor (Libros AC) by Alejandro Álvarez Nieves; and the he third prize went to Mardigras (Isla Negra Editores) by Julio César Pol.
In the essay category the winners were: Puerto Rico y los derechos humanos (Ediciones Callejón) by Javier Colón Morera for the Collective Book category; La Iglesia Católica de Puerto Rico en el proceso político de americanización, 1898-1930 (Publicaciones Gaviota) by Samuel Silva Gotay for the Sociohistorical Research category; Mapa desfigurado de la literatura antillana (Ediciones Callejón) by Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá for the Creative Essay category; and Espacios de la memoria en el Caribe hispánico insular y sus diásporas (Ediciones Callejón) by Myrna García Calderón for Humanistic-Literary Essay.
For novel, Manolo Núñez Negrón’s Barra China received an Honorable Mention. The first prize was awarded to Juan López Bauzá’s Barataria. (Both books were published by Editorial Libros AC.)
In the short story category, the Honorable Mention was awarded to Malacostumbrismo (Erizo Editorial) by Carlos Vázquez Cruz. The first prize was a tie between Yolanda Arroyo’s Las negras (Borales) and Vanessa Vilches Norat’s Espacios de color cerrado (Ediciones Callejón).
The first prize for memoir was conferred to Rosario Ferré’s Memoria (Ediciones Callejón) while Diario de una puta humilde (Erizo Editorial) by David Caleb Acevedo received the Honorable Mention.
For theater, the first prize went to Brevis et acidum (Editorial Tiempo Nuevo) by Miguel Diffoot and the Honorable Mention went to Bruja de Dios (Editions Le Provincial) by Roberto Ramos Perea.
Samuel Silva Gotay’s Las aventuras de Juan Cecilio en la ciudad perdida (El Barco de Papel) won first prize in the children’s literature category. El Cuadro del Padrino Antón (Publicaciones Puertorriqueñas Editores) by Tina Casanova, won the Honorable Mention.
For original article (in Spanish), see http://www.80grados.net/el-pen-club-premia-los-mejores-libros-de-2012/