Chicago Tribune Names Kushner Literary Prize Lifetime Achievement Winner

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Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner will receive the 2009 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement on Nov. 8.
Tony Kushner
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Presented as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the author of Angels in America and Caroline, or Change will be honored at the Symphony Center, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We are delighted and honored to recognize Tony Kushner's extraordinary artistic achievements with this year's Tribune Literary Prize," Tribune editor Gerould Kern said. "Kushner joins a distinguished group to receive this award, including Arthur Miller, Tom Wolfe, August Wilson, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow and David McCullough. Tony Kushner adds a new, vital dimension to that extraordinary list. We greatly appreciate Kushner's brilliance as a playwright. We also honor his contribution to the world through his public, and very passionate, role as a champion of ideas."

According to the Awards' website, the "lifetime achievement award is given to an author whose body of work has had great impact on American society. Each year, a panel of editors will select a recipient based on the scope and significance of their work. The honor will go to an author whose novels, plays, or stories have touched their audience and changed the face of literature."

A Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner for Angels in America, Kushner also penned Short Talks on the Universe, A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydriotaphia, Homebody/Kabul, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures and the book to the Tony-nominated musical Caroline, or Change.

Tickets for the Literary Prize event will begin sale Sept. 21 at CHFestival, or by phoning (312) 494-9509.

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