Walter Mosley will receive the National Book Foundation‘s 2020 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, to be presented by author Edwidge Danticat. David Steinberger, chair of the NBF Board of Directors, said,
Mosley is a master of craft and narrative, and through his incredibly vibrant and diverse body of work, our literary heritage has truly been enriched. From mysteries to literary fiction to nonfiction, Mosley’s talent and memorable characters have captivated readers everywhere, and the Foundation is proud to honor such an illustrious voice whose work will be enjoyed for years to come.
The award was created in 1988 “to recognize a lifetime of literary achievement,” and includes a $10,000 prize and a solid brass medal. Nominations are made by National Book Awards winners, finalists, judges, and other literary professionals, with the final selection made by the National Book Foundation’s Board of Directors. Mosley is the 33rd recipient. Previous recipients include Isabel Allende, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Toni Morrison.
For more information, see the National Book Foundation website.
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