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English majors, it’s time to ready yourselves for the PEN/Malamud Awards. OK, so it’s not the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Awards, but this prize for short fiction does offer a $5,000 split reward. Honored this year are Adam Haslett and Tobias Wolff, both of whom already have an impressive catalog of degrees, nominations, awards, and fellowships that includes names such as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Pulitzer Prize shortlist, and the Guggenheim Foundation. New York–based Haslett is best known for the no-happy-endings 2003 short-story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here; Wolff, who works as a creative writing professor at Stanford University, won the Pen/Faulkner Award in 1984 for The Barracks Thief. Perhaps dustier in the trophy closet is the 1993 movie adaptation of his memoir, This Boy’s Life, in which Wolff is played by a very young Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro portrays his father. Practice arranging your own bildungsroman when Haslett and Wolff read from their work at 8 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. (202) 544-7077. (Kim Rinehimer)