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Oprah Winfrey to receive honorary PEN/Faulkner award

March 29, 2022 GMT
FILE - Oprah Winfrey appears at the premiere of "A Wrinkle In Time" on March 13, 2018, in London. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will award Winfrey with its inaugural Literary Champion award, a lifetime achievement prize for contributions to literacy and for inspiring younger readers and writers. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Oprah Winfrey appears at the premiere of "A Wrinkle In Time" on March 13, 2018, in London. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will award Winfrey with its inaugural Literary Champion award, a lifetime achievement prize for contributions to literacy and for inspiring younger readers and writers. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Oprah Winfrey appears at the premiere of "A Wrinkle In Time" on March 13, 2018, in London. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will award Winfrey with its inaugural Literary Champion award, a lifetime achievement prize for contributions to literacy and for inspiring younger readers and writers. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Oprah Winfrey appears at the premiere of "A Wrinkle In Time" on March 13, 2018, in London. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will award Winfrey with its inaugural Literary Champion award, a lifetime achievement prize for contributions to literacy and for inspiring younger readers and writers. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Oprah Winfrey appears at the premiere of "A Wrinkle In Time" on March 13, 2018, in London. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will award Winfrey with its inaugural Literary Champion award, a lifetime achievement prize for contributions to literacy and for inspiring younger readers and writers. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — For her championing of so many authors over the past quarter century, Oprah Winfrey is herself receiving a literary honor.

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is giving Winfrey its inaugural Literary Champion award, a lifetime achievement prize for contributions to literacy and for inspiring younger readers and writers. PEN/Faulkner is otherwise known for the annual fiction prize it has presented since 1981.

“Oprah Winfrey is a literary force field,” PEN/Faulkner Board Vice President Mary Haft said in a statement Tuesday. “She has been like a lighthouse, standing sentry and shining a beacon of light onto literature and into the lives of writers and readers.”

Winfrey, who has boosted the sales for dozens of authors through the book club she founded in 1996, received an honorary National Book Award in 1999. She will accept her PEN/Faulkner award during a virtual ceremony to be held May 2.