The Chicago Tribune has honored Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, with this year’s 2012 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize, an award that has also been bestowed to Arthur Miller, August Wilson and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.
Wiesel’s contributions to literature includes more than 50 books. He is most known for his book “Night”, which recalls his experience in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and the near-destruction of his family. The book is one of the most recognized pieces of work in Holocaust literature and has been translated in more than 30 languages. Wiesel will receive the honor on Sunday, November 11 at Chicago’s Symphony Center during a Chicago Tribune Printers Row program in conjunction with the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Chicago Tribune also awarded the 2012 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction to Paul Hendrickson for his work “Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961.” He will receive his award on November 11 at a 2 p.m. discussion at the Harold Washington Library Center. Richard Ford received the 2012 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction for “Canada.” Ford will be honored the same day during a 6 p.m. program at Northwestern University School of Law’s Thorne Auditorium.