We are pleased to announce that the following Random House authors have been inducted into the The American Academy of Arts and Letters:
FOREIGN HONORARY MEMBERS: Salman Rushdie
The following Random House authors have received awards by the academcy in literature:
ACADEMY AWARDS IN LITERATURE ($7500 given to honor and encourage creative work): Dan Chiasson·Rikki Ducornet·Edith Grossman·Mona Simpson
KATHERINE ANNE PORTER AWARD IN LITERATURE ($20,000 to a prose writer for achievement and dedication): John Edgar Wideman
MILDRED AND HAROLD STRAUSS LIVINGS ($50,000 a year for 5 years to two writers to devote their time exclusively to writing): Madison Smartt Bell
MORTON DAUWEN ZABEL AWARD IN LITERATURE ($10,000 to a writer of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies): Ben Marcus
The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of 250 architects, composers, artists, and writers. The honor of election is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States. The Academy's purpose is to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by identifying and encouraging individual artists. This is done by administering awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding stage readings and performances of new works, and purchasing works of art to be donated to museums.
Naeem Murr, author of The Perfect Man (Random House Trade Paperback), has been awarded a 2008 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, which celebrates exceptional books by writers of color published in the United States. Sponsored by the Open Book Program, this award also helps to insure that "those who are the custodians of language and literature are representative of the American people".
Knopf author Cynthia Ozick has been awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of a living author whose body of work, either written in or translated into English, represents achievement in a variety of literary genres and is of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will also be honoring Ms. Ozick with the 2008 PEN/Malamud Award. This prize recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction.
Julie Kavanagh, author of Nureyev: The Life (Pantheon Books), for the The PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography , which is a biennial prize of $10,000 given to a distinguished biography possessing notable literary merit.
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The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House Trade Paperbacks) was recently awarded the William James Book Award of the Society for General Psychology (Division 1 of the American Psychological Association). This award recognizes one work that "serves to integrate material across psychological subfields or to provide coherence to the diverse subject matter of psychology." It is the highest book honor of the APA.