This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.
Historical author Mary Lee Settle has died at the age of 87. Settle was the author of the “Beulah Quintet” novels as well as the National Book Award-winning Blood Ties. She was also, apparently, the brainchild behind the PEN/Faulkner prize:
Ms. Settle, always sympathetic to other writers and an advocate of their causes, decided that authors should have their own awards program, with the winners chosen by fellow authors. That way the selections would be independent of publishing industry influences. The idea turned into the PEN/Faulkner award, which began in 1980 and which, with a $15,000 grand prize, has become the largest of the country’s major fiction awards.