We’re very excited the share wonderful news about two of our most celebrated authors E.L. Doctorow and Maya Angelou! The National Book Foundation is awarding its 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to E.L. Doctorow and its 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to Dr. Maya Angelou. The awards will be given out on November 20.
Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director for the foundation, described Doctorow as a “a master of historical fiction who has brought the events of the past to people all over the world in an extraordinary fashion. It is also a special opportunity to give tribute to a native New Yorker in his hometown.” Of Angelou, he said her “body of work transcends the words on the page. She has been on the front lines of history and the fight for social justice and decade after decade remains a symbol of the redemptive power of literature in the contemporary world.”