The literary nonprofit will honor the filmmaker for his career spanning five decades in the industry as a director, producer and screenwriter, as well as publisher of Zoetrope: All-Story literary magazine.
“The highest goal I ever had throughout my life was to become a writer and participate in literature — I’m not entirely sure if the work I have done over the years qualifies as achieving that goal but certainly this PEN award is a step in that direction,” said Coppola.
PEN will also recognize the winners of the 2015 Literary Awards, whose works were selected by a panel of writers, editors, critics and journalists.
Among other award winners are Graham Moore, who will receive the Screenplay Award for “The Imitation Game,” and Noah Hawley, who will be honored with the Teleplay Award for his work on “Fargo.”
PEN Center USA will also highlight the winners of the 25th Annual Literary Awards Festival.
The awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 16 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Aisha Tyler will host for the second consecutive year.