Posted on September 13, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We have updates on three different literary awards today.

First: author Sandra Cisneros is this year's winner of the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

The award, presented by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, honors writers whose body of work promotes peace.

Cisneros is best known for The House on Mango Street.

Second: The board that administers the Pulitzer Prizes has announced an expansion of eligibility for the awards for authors, playwrights, and composers. 

Starting with the 2025 prizes, the work of permanent and longtime residents of the US — not just US citizens — will be considered, too.

Authors and artists had been pushing for such an expansion, including with an open letter shared in August.

And third: actress Drew Barrymore has been dropped as the host of the National Book Awards ceremony

Barrymore's talk show taped an episode even though Hollywood writers are on strike and have been since early May.

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