Michael Chabon is one of three authors newly named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, one of the most prestigious honors in the arts. New members are elected only after the death of existing members, with total membership limited to 250 people. The new authors will be officially welcomed at a ceremony in May.
Chabon said, “I knew that when the gray came in it was only a matter of time before my augustness would be recognized.”
Other new members include writers Jonathan Franzen and Jhumpa Lahiri, as well as artists Kara Walker and Lynda Benglis, architect Elizabeth Diller, and composers Stephen Jaffe and Tobias Picker.
For more, see the article in the New York Times Arts Beat.