Toronto Star

Moonlight writer wins PEN award


The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie Moonlight has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organizati­on.

Tarell Alvin McCraney received an award for best mid-career playwright, PEN announced Wednesday. McCraney’s In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue is the basis for the acclaimed movie drama, which is up for eight nomination­s at Sunday night’s Academy Awards.

Suzan-Lori Parks, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her play Topdog/ Underdog, received a PEN award for Master American Dramatist. Thomas Bradshaw, whose works include Burning and The Bereaved, was named best emerging playwright.

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