New Line co-chairman/co-CEO Bob Shaye will receive the Award of Honor from Pen USA in recognition of his work at New Line Cinema as well as his involvement in the funding and distribution of independent films.
Pen USA, which has announced winners of its 2006 Literary Awards, is a nonprofit org with the goal of building interest in the written word and defending freedom of expression.
Among the winners are George Clooney and Grant Heslov for their Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Good Night, and Good Luck” and Alex Tse for his teleplay of Showtime’s “Sucker Free City.”
Pen USA’s lifetime achievement award will go to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and journalist Jane Smiley, best known for her bestseller “A Thousand Acres.”
Awards will be presented at the annual LitFest Gala Dinner on Dec. 12 in BevHills.
Recipients of the literary awards were chosen by a panel of writers, editors and journalists; winners were selected from among more than 500 entries. Each winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Percival Everett — “Wounded” (Graywolf Press)
Michael Chorost — “Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human” (Houghton Mifflin Co.)
Adam Hochschild — “Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves” (Houghton Mifflin Co.)
Brian Turner — “Here, Bullet” (Alice James Books)
Viola Canales — “The Tequila Worm” (Random House Children’s Books/Wendy Lamb Books)
Lucia Re and Paul Vangelisti — “War Variations” by Amelia Rosselli (Green Integer)
Heidi Benson — “Historian Iris Chang Won Many Battles/The War She Lost Raged Within” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Donald Freed — “Devil’s Advocate” (Mercury Theater)
Alex Tse — “Sucker Free City” (Showtime)
George Clooney and Grant Heslov — “Good Night, and Good Luck” (Section Eight/Warner Independent Films)