Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Don DeLillo is one of America’s most acclaimed writers. His postmodern novels such as “Mao II,” “Libra” and “Underworld” have been showered with many awards. DeLillo’s 1985 novel, “White Noise,” won the National Book Award., and in 2006 a New York Times survey of writers and literary experts named “Underworld” the No. 2 American novel of the past 25 years. DeLillo is the first recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, and he will receive his award prior to his presentation in the Fiction pavilion. “The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories” (Scribner) is DeLillo’s most recent volume. According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, “Like Dostoyevsky, Don DeLillo probes deeply into the sociopolitical and moral life of his country. Over a long and important career, he has inspired his readers with the diversity of his themes and the virtuosity of his prose.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Don DeLillo

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