NEW YORK (AP) — For championing so many authors over the past quarter-century, Oprah Winfrey is receiving literary honor herself.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation presents Winfrey with its first Literary Champion Award, an award for her lifetime contributions to literacy and for inspiring young readers and writers. PEN/Faulkner is also known for the annual fiction prize it has awarded since 1981.
“Oprah Winfrey is a literary force field,” PEN/Faulkner Board Vice Chair Mary Haft said in a statement on Tuesday. “She has been like a beacon, standing sentinel and illuminating literature and the lives of writers and readers.”
Winfrey, who boosted sales for dozens of authors through the book club she founded in 1996, received an honorary National Book Award in 1999. She will receive her PEN/Faulkner Award at a virtual ceremony will be held on May 2.
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