Three Random House authors have been awarded the 2006 National Humanities Medal. The winners are as follows:
•Kevin Starr, author of California and Coast of Dreams
•Bernard Lewis, author of The Crisis of Islam, A Middle East Mosaic, and The Multiple Identities of the Middle East
•Meryle Secrest, author of Duveen: A Life in Art and the forthcoming Shoot the Widow
The awards were presented by the President in an Oval Office ceremony on Thursday, November 9, 2006.