On September 10, President Obama will present this year’s National Medal of Arts. One of the eleven recipients will be prolific horror, suspense and fantasy author Stephen King. According to the official announcement, “Mr. King combines his remarkable storytelling with his sharp analysis of human nature. For decades, his works of horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy have terrified and delighted audiences around the world.”
Mr. King has published over 50 novels, six non-fiction books, and almost 200 short stories, which have sold more than 350 million copies. Many have been adapted into major motion pictures, television shows and comic books. He has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, Locus Awards, and a Hugo Award (among many others), and the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2003. He has also been awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
The other National Medal of Arts recipients are John Baldessari (visual artist), Ping Chong (theater director, choreographer and video installation artist), Miriam Colón (actress, theater founder and director), The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (supporting creative expression), Sally Field (actress and filmmaker), Ann Hamilton (visual artist), Meredith Monk (composer and performer), George Shirley (tenor), University Musical Society (presenting the performing arts to communities in Michigan) and Tobias Wolff (author and educator).
Congratulations to Stephen King and all the 2014 National Medal of Arts recipients!