The Friends of Albany Public Library are honoring Lydia Davis with the Author of the Year Award on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 pm at the Main Library (161 Washington Avenue). The event is free and open to the public.
Davis, a professor and writer-in-residence at the University at Albany, is well known for her very brief and imaginative short stories. She received the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, which is awarded for achievement in fiction on the world stage, for her “inventive, carefully-crafted and hard to categorize works.” Her story collections include “Varieties of Disturbance,” “Samuel Johnson is Indignant,” and “Almost No Memory.”
In 2003, Davis received one of 25 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants for her work showing “how language itself can entertain, how all that what one word says, and leaves unsaid, can hold a reader’s interest…Davis grants readers a glimpse of life’s previously invisible details, revealing new sources of philosophical insights and beauty.”
Davis is also known for her translations of French literary fiction into English, and was awarded a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her distinguished translations of works by Maurice Blanchot, Pierre Jean Jouve, Michel Butor, and others.