Oprah Winfrey Named PEN/Faulkner’s 2022 Literary Champion


April 1, 2022

She has been a champion for authors all over the world!

Oprah Winfrey is set to receive an honorary PEN/Faulkner award, ABC News reports

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey founded her book club in 1996 with the goal of creating community and necessary conversations while supporting authors across the globe. Over the course of three decades, Winfrey has boosted the sales of countless authors, receiving an honorary National Book Award in 1999 for her work. 


Now Winfrey is receiving the prestigious Literary Champion award from the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. The lifetime achievement prize is being granted to Winfrey for her contributions to literacy and her commitment to inspiring young readers and writers. 

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

The Foundation is also known for its annual fiction prize, which it has awarded since 1981. Winfrey is set to receive the honor on May 2 during a virtual ceremony. 


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