The 2016 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction Winner is TONI MORRISON by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
The 2016 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction Winner is Nobel Laureate TONI MORRISON. The PEN/Saul Bellow Award goes to a living American author whose scale of achievement in fiction, over a sustained career, places him or her in the highest rank of American literature.
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2016.
From the Judges’ Citation released March 1, 2016:
“The works of Chloe Anthony Wofford, better known as Toni Morrison, have changed the landscape of American fiction. Revelatory, intelligent, bold, her fiction is invested in the black experience, in black lives, and in black consciousness, material from which she has forged a singular American aesthetic. Toni Morrison not only opened doors to others when she began to publish, she has also stayed grounded in the issues of her time. At every turn, she has commented upon and enlarged the conversation about what it is to be black, female, human, universal. Her brilliant and bracing fiction continues to address what is crucial, timely and timeless. For her enduring command of her art, the judges take great pleasure in awarding Toni Morrison The Saul Bellow Prize for American Fiction 2016.”
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison is one of the most decorated living authors worldwide. She is America’s only living Nobel Laureate for Literature. In 1993, she became the first and only African-American woman to be awarded this honor. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 for her novel Beloved, which was recognized as the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years. She was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, is listed as “100 Greatest Writers of All Time”, and is a Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. —Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
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