The TLA each year honors two nonfiction books that take theatre, film and television as their subjects. For 2002, "Ridiculous!: The Theatrical Life and Times of Charles Ludlam" (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books) by David Kaufman won the George Freedley Memorial Award for the best book on live theatre published in the United States; and "The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting" (Chronicle Books) by Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron received the Theatre Library Association Award for excellence in writing on film and broadcasting. Actor Hibbert will present the Freedley prize to Kaufman, while Professor Vera Mowry Roberts will present a Special Jury Prize in this category to Dunbar H. Ogden for "The Staging of Drama in the Medieval Church" (University of Delaware Press). Bandy will bestow the TLA award to Vaz and Barron, and Rich will present the Special Jury Prize to Louis Pizzitola for "Hearst Over Hollywood: Power, Passion, and Propaganda in The Movies" (Columbia University Press).
Also to be honored will be actress Marian Seldes, who will be given a TLA Lifetime Membership Award "in tribute to her exceptional dedication and service to the organization."