POSTED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 6:30am
UPDATED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 6:34am
Louisiana — The State Library of Louisiana’s Center for the book is awarding John Biguenet as the recipient the 2012 Louisiana Writer Award. The novelist, short story writer, playwright, columnist, translator and essayist is being honored for his extraordinary contribution to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by his body of work.
The Louisiana Writer Award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the literary and intellectual legacy of Louisiana. Biguenet will be recognized at the 2012 Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton will present the award. Biguenet will also discuss his writing career at a special program during the festival.
Biguenet has published seven books, including Oyster, a novel, and The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories. Biguenet has received an O. Henry Award for short fiction and a Harper's Magazine Writing Award among other distinctions. Biguenet has served twice as president of the American Literary Translators Association and as writer-in-residence at various universities. He is the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.