67°
Mostly cloudy
WED
 68°
 41°
THU
 67°
 40°
FRI
 62°
 50°
SAT
 61°
 48°
SUN
 60°
 48°

Maya Angelou finally honored

  • FILE - In this May 20, 2010, file photo, author Maya Angelou socializes during a garden party at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. The National Book Foundation announced Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, that Angelou, author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," will be this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

NEW YORK — The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou.

The poet and author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" will be this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou, who has been celebrated everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the White House. She has received three Grammys for best spoken word album, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.

Speaking by telephone with The Associated Press on Thursday, Angelou said she couldn't wait to be in the same room as "some very big names in the literary world" and that the Literarian prize made her feel that she was "picking in high cotton."

"Dr. Angelou's body of work transcends the words on the page," the book foundation's executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a statement. "She has been on the front lines of history and the fight for social justice and decade after decade remains a symbol of the redemptive power of literature in the contemporary world."

E.L. Doctorow, a familiar name among prize judges, will receive an honorary medal for "contributions to American letters." Doctorow, 82, won the National Book Award in 1986 for "World's Fair" and was a finalist three other times. A native of New York City, he is best known for the million-selling historical novel "Ragtime," which has been adapted into a feature film and a Broadway musical.


© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  + |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View