J.K. Rowling will receive the 2016 PEN/ Allen Foundation Literary Service Award for her writing and charity work.
According to Mashable, PEN America announced that the Harry Potter author will receive the award at PEN’s annual Literary Gala on May 16. The Literary Service Award is given to “a critically acclaimed author whose work embodies PEN’s mission to oppose repression in any form and champion the best of humanity.” Previous winners include Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison and Salman Rushdie.
“I’m deeply honored to receive this award and humbled that my work has been recognized as having moral value by an organization I so admire,” J.K. told the AP in a statement. “I’ve long been a supporter of PEN, which does invaluable work on behalf of imprisoned writers and in defense of freedom of speech.”
Throughout J.K.’s writing career, she has also created the Volant Charitable Trust, which raises money for multiple sclerosis research and projects that alleviates social deprivation, with a focus on women’s and children’s issues (according to the organization’s website.) The author also founded Lumos, an non-profit organization that works to support the 8 million children in institutions worldwide looking for families.
“A gifted storyteller, fierce opponent of censorship, advocate for women’s and girls’ rights, and staunch defender of access to education, Rowling uses all of the tools at her disposal to create a better and more just world for our children,” said PEN America president Andrew Solomon.
Congratulations to J.K. on this award! May she continue to use her platform to work on charitable causes!
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