novelist, essayist and screenwriter, will receive the 2002 Saint Louis
Literary Award from the Library Associates at a ceremony in the university's
Anheuser-Busch Auditorium of the John Cook School of Business, 3674 Lindell
Boulevard, on Tuesday, October 1 at 5 p.m. The program is free and
open to the public.
Ms. Didion was born
in Sacramento, California. She is the author of a number of novels,
including Run River, Play It As It Lays, A Book of Common
Prayer, Democracy, and The Last Thing He Wanted.
Her non-fiction work includes Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The
White Album, Salvador, Miami, After Henry and
her recent collection of essays, Political Fictions.
Among Ms. Didion's
awards are the 1996 Edward McDowell Medal and the 1999 Columbia Journalism
Award. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Berkeley Fellows, and
the Council of Foreign Relations.
Ms. Didion and
her husband, John Gregory Dunne, have co-authored a number of screenplays.
She has lectured at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, Yale, and Columbia
Graduate School of Journalism. She is also a contributor to The
New York Review of Books and The New Yorker.
This is the 35th
year the award has been given by the Associates, a group dedicated to
enriching the cultural life of the area and providing financial help
to the University's libraries. Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel laureates,
and other distinguished writers from the United States and abroad have
come to St. Louis to receive the honor and address members of the community.