NEW YORK – Author Sadie Smith is this year’s winner of the PEN / Audible Literary Service Award, which was previously awarded to Tony Morrison, Stephen Sondheim and Margaret Atwood.

The PEN Literary Prize is awarded to “an important writer whose work has attracted a wide audience and who helps us to understand the human situation in an original and strong way.” The 46-year-old Smith, the youngest winner of the Literary Prize, is known for his novels White Teeth and NW and collections of essays such as Rethink and Intimacy. She recently contributed to a separate book edition of Morrison’s short story “Recitatif”.

“The influence of Zady Smith cannot be underestimated,” PEN America President Ayad Akhtar said on Friday. on a larger scale. “

Smith will be among the guests on May 23 at the annual PEN-America Literary Gala to be held in Manhattan at the Museum of Natural History. Among others to receive the awards is Audible founder Donald Katz, named PEN by this year’s Business Visionary winner.

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