Author Katherine Paterson, who lives in Montpelier, is being recognized for “an exceptional lifetime body of work" by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Paterson is known for books for kids and young adults like Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Jacob Have I Loved, and many others. She took home this year’s E.B. White Award—a prize she says has personal significance.
"Any award that has the name E.B. White attached to it brings with it a great thrill of joy, since he’s one of my real heroes," Paterson told Vermont Edition. "He probably was one of the best writers in America, and yet he respected children so much that he wrote some of his best work for them. And that makes me incredibly happy."
Paterson has also twice won the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal.
Correction 11:08 a.m. A previous version of this post misspelled Newbery Medal. It has been corrected.