Today, the National Book Foundation announced extraordinary news for an extraordinary prize: The late president and chief executive of Simon & Schuster, Carolyn Reidy, will be the recipient of its Literarian Award at the 2020 National Book Awards.
The lifetime achievement award, which honors American literary figures for outstanding service in expanding the audience for books and reading, will be presented during the ceremony in a video tribute featuring authors and colleagues from Reidy’s four decades in publishing. Reidy’s husband, Stephen, will accept the $10,000 prize on her behalf and donate it to her favorite charity.
This will be the first time the lifetime achievement award has been conferred posthumously.
[h/t Los Angeles Times]