The 23 annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, and the public is invited. Named for the late poet and UC Berkeley professor Miles, the awards recognize literary excellence in several categories and are given to recipients by their peers. The 2013 winners are Andrew Lam in fiction for "Birds of Paradise Lost: Thirteen Stories of the Vietnamese Diaspora"; Toni Morrison in fiction for "Home"; author Luis J. Rodriguez and editor Denise M. Sandoval in anthology for "Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts Are Transforming a Community"; Lucille Lang Day in memoir for "Married at Fourteen"; Tim Seibles in poetry for "Fast Animal" and editor Christopher Wagstaff in interviews for "A Poet's Mind: Collected Interviews with Robert Duncan, 1960-1985. In addition, Jesse Douglas Taylor received a lifetime achievement award for his political writings, and journalist Chris Hedges is the recipient of the Censorship Award.

A reception and booksignings follow the free ceremony, at 5366 College Ave. in Oakland.

-- Sue Gilmore