Former President Barack Obama, a million-selling writer, is also a prize-winning writer.
PEN America declared Wednesday that Obama will get its next annual Voice of Impact Award in recognition of his writings”have traversed social, political, and ideological boundaries and styled a self-reflective humanism which has indicated his influence on public life”
Obama, whose memoir”A Promised Land” came out last week, will be respected Dec. 8 in the human rights organization’s yearly gala, to be held almost due to the coronavirus.
Throughout the service, Obama and historian Ron Chernow, a former PEN board president, will talk about freedom of expression and the value of fact in a world of misinformation.
Obama’s previous novels include”Dreams from My Father” and”The Audacity of Hope.”
“As an organization of authors, we’ve always seen President Obama not only as a pioneer, but as one people: a writer. His probing and evocative narratives helped introduce the world to his distinctive history, and also the energy of his own life experience as a prompt toward a more pluralistic and surrounding society,” PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel stated in a statement.
PEN introduced its initial Voice of Impact Award in 2019 into filmmaker Ava DuVernay.