Flora Fraser was awarded the 2016 George Washington Prize for THE WASHINGTONS on May 25 at a black-tie gala at the Mount Vernon estate. The $50,000 prize is one of the nation’s largest literary prizes and is conferred by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. James Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute wrote: “Flora Fraser’s book The Washingtons opens a whole new vista on Martha and George Washington’s married life. Through Fraser’s stylish prose, this iconic couple becomes more human and accessible. The result is a wonderful read.”
Also named as finalists for the prize were Kathleen DuVal, author of Independence Lost and Robert Middlekauff, author of Washington’s Revolution.