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Judy Blume among authors given prizes by arts academy

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/6/2017
FILE - In this May 31, 2015, photo, author Judy Blume speaks about her new book, "In the Unlikely Event," her first novel for adults in 17 years, at BookCon in New York. Blume will receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is also honoring Elizabeth Kolbert, Paul Beatty more than a dozen other writers. Blume is being given the E. B. White Award, a $10,000 for young people’s literature, the academy told The Associated Press on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 31, 2015, photo, author Judy Blume speaks about her new book, "In the Unlikely Event," her first novel for adults in 17 years, at BookCon in New York. Blume will receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is also honoring Elizabeth Kolbert, Paul Beatty more than a dozen other writers. Blume is being given the E. B. White Award, a $10,000 for young people’s literature, the academy told The Associated Press on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Judy Blume will receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is also honoring Elizabeth Kolbert, Paul Beatty and more than a dozen other writers.

Blume will receive the E.B. White Award, a $10,000 prize for young people's literature, the academy told The Associated Press on Thursday. Beatty, author of the prize-winning novel "The Sellout," is among eight writers chosen for a $10,000 Arts and Letters prize for literary excellence. Kolbert, whose books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Sixth Extinction," is receiving a $25,000 award for achievement in nonfiction.

The academy is an honor society founded in 1898.

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