Author Richard Ford to be honored by Library of Congress

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, American novelist and short story writer Richard Ford poses during a photo call at the 39th American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, western France. Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Independence Day,” is being honored by the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday, May 16, 2019, that Ford has won the library’s Prize for American Fiction. He will be presented the award Aug. 31, during the National Book Festival, which takes place in Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Independence Day," is being honored by the Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday that Ford has won the library's Prize for American Fiction. Hayden said in a statement that Ford was a "luminous storyteller" and "eloquent" writer. Ford will be presented the award Aug. 31, during the National Book Festival, which takes place in Washington, D.C. Ford said in a statement that the prize made him feel "useful" to the country's "conversation with the world."

Ford's other books include "The Sportswriter" and "The Lay of the Land."

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