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Judy Blume Among Authors Given Prizes by Arts Academy

She'll be honored with the E.B. White Award, a prize for young people's literature

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    In this May 31, 2015 file photo, author Judy Blume speaks about her book, "In the Unlikely Event," at BookCon in New York. Blume will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May.

    Judy Blume will receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is also honoring Elizabeth Kolbert, Paul Beatty and more than a dozen other writers.

    Blume is being given the E. B. White Award, a $10,000 prize for young people's literature, the academy told The Associated Press on Thursday. Beatty, author of the prize-winning novel "The Sellout," is among eight writers chosen for a $10,000 Arts and Letters prize for literary excellence. The others are Ayad Akhtar, Chris Bachelder, Kathleen Graber, Jennifer Haigh, Dominique Morisseau, Richard Sieburth and Luis Alberto Urrea.

    Kolbert, a New Yorker staff writer whose books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Sixth Extinction," is receiving a $25,000 award for achievement in nonfiction. Another New Yorker writer, dance critic Joan Acocella, won a $20,000 prize for "prose style."

    Two authors who have been National Book Award finalists for fiction have been selected for prizes. Dana Spiotta has received the $20,000 John Updike Award for a midcareer writer. Karan Mahajan won a $10,000 award for a young writer of "considerable literary talent."

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    The academy, an honor society founded in 1898, awarded 19 writers in all. The prizes will be handed out in May at the academy's annual ceremonial.