2015 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to Knopf Doubleday writers

By Tim Cheng | September 28 2016 | Humanities & Social Sciences

President Obama awarded Sandra Cisneros and Moises Kaufman a National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States government. The NEA Chairman said: “These National Medal of Arts recipients have helped to define our nation’s cultural legacy through the artistic excellence of their creative traditions

Sandra Cisneros, the author of A HOUSE ON MANGO STREET and most recently A HOUSE OF MY OWN, was chosen “for enriching the American narrative.” Director and playwright Moises Kaufman is cited for “his powerful contributions to American theater.” Kaufman wrote THE LARAMIE PROJECT AND THE THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER. 

In the same ceremony, President Obama presented the 2015 National Humanities Medals.  Ron Chernow, Elaine Pagels, Abraham Verghese, and Isabel Wilkerson each received a National Humanities Medal from the NEH. Before the ceremony, the NEH chairman said: “Our understanding of ourselves, our history and our culture have been deepened and transformed by these extraordinary humanities medalists.”  

To read more about the awards and read their full citations, visit the NEA website.

The House on Mango Street
978-0-679-73477-2
In her acclaimed debut work, Cisneros tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Esperanza's thoughts and emotions are expressed in her fable-like poems and stories, which portray the alternating beauty and desolation of her life and its realities. Esperanza doesn't want to belong—not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.
$11.95 US
Apr 03, 1991
Paperback
144 Pages
Vintage

A House of My Own
Stories from My Life
978-0-345-80717-5
Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction
$15.00 US
Sep 06, 2016
Paperback
400 Pages
Vintage

The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
978-0-8041-7039-0
On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its citizens. From the transcripts, the playwrights constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life in the town after the murder. Since its premiere, The Laramie Project has become a modern classic and one of the most-performed theater pieces in America. 
$16.00 US
Jun 03, 2014
Paperback
224 Pages
Vintage