Friday, March 15, 2013

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS ANNOUNCES 2013 LITERATURE AWARD WINNERS

Natalie Babbitt Awarded the Academy's Inaugural E. B. White Award

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the names of 19 writers who will receive its 2013 awards in literature. The awards will be presented in New York in May at the Academy's annual Ceremonial. The literature prizes, totaling $175,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Academy's 250 members nominate candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners. This year's committee members were Louis Begley, Louise Gl├╝ck, A. R. Gurney, Alison Lurie, Francine Prose, Mark Strand and Charles Wright. 

The inaugural E.B. White Award of $10,000 recognizes a writer for achievement in children's literature and was given to NCBLA board member Natalie Babbitt! Congratulations!

Eight Arts and Letters Awards in Literature honor exceptional accomplishment in any genre. This year, the awards of $7500 each will be presented to Katherine Boo, Joanna Klink, Neil Labute, Bill McKibben, Bruce Norris, Darryl Pinckney, D.A. Powell, and Brad Watson.

Read the complete list of awards here.