2017 WNBA Award Winners Announced
The WNBA has selected the current Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden; and novelist, poet, and bookstore owner Louise Erdrich as the 2017 WNBA Award winners.
The WNBA presents the WNBA Award every other year to “a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.”
This year, in commemoration of the WNBA’s Centennial, the organization is honoring two women who represent the wide spectrum of women in the book world — one woman involved in the business or dissemination of books and one in the creation of them.
The WNBA selected Hayden due to her commitment to making libraries relevant to the world, responsive to the trends of their times, and vital parts of the communities they serve.
The WNBA selected Erdrich due to her dedication to adding to the complex narrative of American culture, to giving voice to indigenous peoples, and to supporting the importance of independent bookstores, through her own store, Birchbark Books.
The award winners will be celebrated and recognized by the WNBA at the WNBA’s Centennial Celebration to take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 in New York City at Pen + Brush.