Alfred A. Knopf editorial director Robin Desser has won the 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

The Center for Fiction will present the award at its Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City on December 11, 2013. Desser joined Knopf in 1988. She worked on debut novels by scores of great writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, David Guterson and Nam Le. Here’s more from the release:

The Maxwell E. Perkins Award recognizes an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States. It honors Maxwell E. Perkins, of Scribner, one of the most important and admired editors in American literary history. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway are three of the many writers he supported over his long career.

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