President Barack Obama is giving out a whole heap of new awards, and some of our favorite authors are benefiting! The White House has just announced the honorees for the 2014 National Humanities Medal and the even more prestigious National Medal of the Arts.
Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Medals honor those who have achieved in any of the humanities, including writing. This year’s honorees include authors Annie Dillard, Jhumpa Lahiri, Larry McMurtry, Alice Waters, and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Other honorees include scholars, historians, and an architect.
Then there’s the biggest prize, the National Medal of Arts. This is the highest honor for artists that can be given by the United States government, and one of this year’s medals is going to novelist Stephen King. Author Tobias Wolff is also receiving the top prize. Previous winners of the National Medal of Arts include authors John Updike, Philip Roth, Maya Angelou, Harper Lee, and Ray Bradbury.
The National Humanities Medals and the National Medal of Arts will be presented at the same ceremony in the White House’s East Room on September 10.
It’s been a very literary year for President Obama, who just released his summer reading list last month.
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