The National Book Critics Circle is awarding their Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award to Kentucky author Wendell Berry!
From the Lexington Herald-Leader
Berry will receive the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually to “a person or institution — a writer, publisher, critic, or editor, among others — who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture,” according to the National Book Critics Circle website. Previous recipients have included author Toni Morrison and the Library of America.
Berry, 81, is the author of eight novels, two short story collections, 28 volumes of poetry, and 31 volumes of nonfiction. An outspoken environmentalist, organic farmer and pacifist, he has written about and engaged in civil disobedience against industrial agribusiness, ecological destruction, and militarization, the awards announcement noted.
Another Kentucky author Ada Limon has also been nominated for her book of poetry "Bright Dead Things."
See a full list of nominations here: Critical Mass
The awards will be presented March 17 in New York.
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