Joy Williams will receive the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction “for a lifetime of outstanding work.” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said,
I am pleased and honored to confer this prize on Joy Williams, in celebration of her almost half-century of extraordinary work. Her work reveals the strange and unsettling grace just beneath the surface of our lives. In a story, a moment, a single sentence, it can force us to reimagine how we see ourselves, how we understand each other — and how we relate to the natural world.
Williams was selected based on nominations from more than 60 literary figures, and will be honored in an online award ceremony during the National Book Festival, to be held September 17-26, 2021.
For more information, see the Library of Congress website.
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