Terrific Tuesday: A true “Literarian”

Maya Angelou will receive the ninth Literarian Award. (Photo from the writer's official Web site: www.mayaangelou.com)

Maya Angelou will receive the ninth Literarian Award. (Photo from the writer’s official Web site: www.mayaangelou.com)

Dr. Maya Angelou will receive the 2013 Literarian Award from the The National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Awards.

The Literarian Award honors an individual for “outstanding service to the American literary community.” It will be presented to Dr. Angelou at a dinner Nov. 20 in New York City.

Dr. Angelou is revered as an author, poet, performer, teacher and humanitarian. Her prominence as a writer came when she published her literary autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

During her distinguished career as a writer, Dr. Angelou has published five books of poetry, three books of essays, a children’s book, and six long-form poems, including “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the 1992 inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

And Dr. Angelou has not retired. At the young age of 85, she published her seventh autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom. Her published verse, non-fiction and fiction works include more than 30 bestselling titles.

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