Ernest Gaines, author of the books "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and the National Book Critics' Circle Award-winning "A Lesson Before Dying," which was an
More writers will be honored with National Humanities Medals. Joan Didion, whose memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking" won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2005, is on the list. Marilynne Robinson, whose novel "Gilead" took the Pulitzer for fiction that same year, is another honoree. So is poet Kay Ryan, who has been awarded
Robert B. Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books, which he co-founded in 1963, will also receive a National Humanities Award. He has won a number of major awards for his lifetime commitment to letters.
The ceremony, which will include President Obama and Michelle Obama, will be live streamed over the Internet at www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10:30 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday.