Thursday, August 11, 2011

Barbara Kingsolver wins the Distinguished Achievement Award

Barbara Kingsolver has been named the recipient of the 2011 Richard C. Holbrooke Distingushed Achievement Award (formerly named the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award).  She will be in Dayton on November 13 to accept the award, which will be presented by journalist Kati Marton, Holbrooke's widow.

Barbara Kingsolver has degrees in biology and has been writing since 1985.  The Holbrooke award is only the latest in a series of awards and recognition she has earned for her writing.  She has been named one of the most important authors of the 20th century by Writers Digest.  In 2000, she received the National Humanities Medal, the nation's highest award for service in the arts.  Her book The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and 2009's The Lacuna was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award.  She has been recognized by groups such as the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the American Library Association. 

If you've never read one of Kingsolver's books, you're in for a treat.  Start with Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees or The Poisonwood BibleOr, if you're more interested in nonfiction, try Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. 

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