Poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou is finally receiving literary accolades from the book world. Dr. Angelou 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. Even though Dr. Angelou has been the recipient of Grammy Awards, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she has never won top literary prizes such as the Pulitzer or PEN/Faulkner and has never even been a nominee for a National Book Award. The Literarian Award will be the first major literary prize for Dr. Angelou.
“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.”
Although Dr. Angelou is in frail health, she is expected to attend the ceremony in November.
Congratulations to Dr. Maya Angelou!