This year, New York author Don Delillo will be honored with the National Book Foundation’s 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. This lifetime achievement award is among the most esteemed literary accolades, as it is given to writers who have made a noteworthy impact on American literature. Delillo won the National Book Award for his 1985 novel, White Noise, as well as the PEN/Faulkner award for Mao II. He has published 15 novels, a collection of short stories, and several plays. Harold Augenbraum, the Foundation’s Executive Director, says that Delillo “is unquestionably one of the greatest novelists of his generation. He has had an enormous influence on the two generations of writers that followed, and his work will continue to resonate for generations to come.”
The award will be presented on November 18th at the 66th National Book Awards Ceremony in New York.