San Francisco author Daniel Alarcón, who talked with us last November about his latest novel, "At Night We Walk in Circles" (Riverhead), is in the running for a prestigious award.

As one of the five nominees for the award for fiction announced Thursday by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Alarcón is already $5,000 richer. The winner, who will be announced on April 2, will receive $15,000.

The other four finalists are: Karen Joy Fowler, for "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), Percival Everett for "Percival Everett By Virgil Russell" (Graywolf Press), Joan Silber for her book of interwoven short stories "Fools" (W.W. Norton) and Valerie Trueblood for her short-story collection "Search Party" (Counterpoint).

Previous winners of the PEN/Faulkner include Philip Roth, Ann Patchett and Sherman Alexie.

-- Sue Gilmore, Staff

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