Walter Mosley to receive National Book Foundation lifetime achievement award

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Mosley is the first Black person to ever receive the award

The National Book Foundation has announced renowned author Walter Mosley will be the recipient of its 2020 lifetime achievement award.

The famed 68-year-old bestselling author will be first Black man to receive the award.

Walter Mosley moderates a discussion at the “Spotlight On Screenwriting: Boyz n the Hood 25th Anniversary Screening With John Singleton And Walter Mosley” presented by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences at SVA on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Mosley has a reputation of writing short stories that do well in book clubs. He was also President Bill Clinton’s favorite authors back in 1992, The Washington Post reported.

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This is not first time Mosley got an award for his writing. He received the Edgar Award for best mystery novel and the O. Henry Prize for his short stories.

Mosley also won a Grammy for his liner notes to the Richard Pryor album “…And It’s Deep Too!”, ABC News reported.

His first novel, a mystery book…


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