The National Book Foundation will honor novelist E. L. Doctorow and poet Dr. Maya Angelou at this year’s National Book Awards ceremony.
Doctorow has been given the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Angelou has received the 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.
The ceremony event will take place on November 20th in New York City.
Here’s more from the release:
Doctorow is the 26th recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, which was created in 1988 to recognize a lifetime of literary achievement. Previous recipients include John Ashbery, Joan Didion, Maxine Hong Kingston, Elmore Leonard, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, and Tom Wolfe. This year’s ceremony marks the ninth year that the Foundation has presented the Literarian Award, which was established in 2005 to recognize an individual whose work has enhanced the literary world during a lifetime of service. Previous recipients include Dave Eggers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joan Ganz Cooney, Terry Gross, Mitchell Kaplan, Barney Rosset, and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
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