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Breaking Bad Writer George Mastras Wins PEN USA Literary Award

Break out the champagne! PEN USA — the West Coast center for the renowned writers’ organization International PEN — has unveiled the winners of its prestigous 2009 Literary Awards, and taking home the prize for Best Teleplay is Breaking Bad‘s own writer/producer George Mastras.

Mastras was honored for his work on Episode 6 of Season 1, “Crazy Handful of Nothin’.” Other winners this year included Dustin Lance Black, who won for penning the Sean Penn vehicle Milk, as well as Kim Barnes who won for her novel A Country Called Home.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and executive producer Mark Johnson will present Mastras with the award at the 19th Annual Literary Awards Festival, to be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.

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