Posted on August 18, 2022 at 11:16 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Several rounds of congratulations are in order today.

The first one goes to Wil Haygood, author of several nonfiction books on 20th-century Black Americans, including The Butler (which became a hit movie).

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced Wednesday that he would receive the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award on November 13.

The prize honors the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and understanding, according to the Associated Press.

And the others go to the latest recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

The New York Times reports that 226 recipients are receiving a combined $31.5 million in grants.

Some of the bookish projects supported include a PBS documentary on the history of William Shakespeare’s plays, research for books on the history of red hair and on how different cultures have imagined Jesus, and the development of a podcast about the Depression-era government program the Federal Writers’ Project.

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