September 14, 2021
Karen Tei Yamashita, 1974 Watson Fellow, awarded the 2021 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation
Yamashita is the author of eight books and numerous plays and is being honored for her expansive, innovative and genre-defying works. As the 34th recipient of the foundation’s lifetime achievement award, she joins the ranks of Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, E.L. Doctorow and Norman Mailer. Her latest book, Sansei and Sensibility, is a collection of short stories about growing up in Japanese America.