I discovered the PEN/Hemingway Award, which is given for an author's first published novel or short story collection. In looking at the list, I realized that I had read only one of the books nominated. I decided during 2013, I would attempt to read one book each month that was a nominee or winner of this award. This will be a way for me to discover some new authors and hopefully add some new favorites to my bookshelves.
First up is the 2012 award winner - Open City by Teju Cole. Upcoming possibilities are The Madonnas of Echo Park, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True, Cutting for Stone, and The Silver Linings Playbook. If you want to find some PEN/Hemingway award winners for yourself, you can find the list here.