Hilton Als, 2018 recipient of CCNY's Langston Hughes Medal
Hilton Als, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic with “The New Yorker,” adds another honor to his name when he receives the Langston Hughes Medal at The City College of New York on Thursday, Nov. 15.
The medal is awarded to highly distinguished writers from throughout the African American diaspora at CCNY's annual Langston Hughes Festival, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It recognizes honorees for their impressive works of poetry, fiction, drama, autobiography and critical essays that help to celebrate the memory and tradition of Langston Hughes. Past award winners include: James Baldwin;
- Gwendolyn Brooks;
- Toni Morrison;
- August Wilson;
- Maya Angelou; and
- Octavia Butler.
Als, who’s written for The New Yorker since 1989, is the author of “The Women.” His most recent book, “White Girls,” won the Lambda Literary Award in 2014 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Als won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2017. His other accolades include a Guggenheim for creative writing (2000) and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism (2002-03). In 2016, he received Lambda Literary’s Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature.
A symposium on Als’ work, 12:30 p.m. in CCNY’s Aaron Davis Hall kicks off the award program. The talk features Thelma Golden, head of The Studio Museum in Harlem; Pulitzer winning critic and author Margo Jefferson, and CCNY faculty members Boukary Sawadogo and Salar Abdoh.
The award ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in Aaron Davis Hall, includes a reading by Als, a conversation between him and writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, and a performance by special musical guest Helga Davis. Click here for a free ticket.
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