Twenty Americans were recognized last week by President Obama as the latest recipients of the National Medal of Arts or the National Humanities Medal.
Among the recipients were several well-known U.S. writers, including Jacques Barzun, Wendell Berry, Donald Hall, Harper Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, and Philip Roth.
The complete list of recipients is available via the White House press release; the President’s remarks about each medalists at the awards ceremony are here; Wikipedia provides links here and here to entries about each of this year’s (and previous years’) medalists and their books.
Books by all these writers are, of course, available in Atlanta’s libraries.
Found via The Reader’s Almanac