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Bob Woodward Receives IMCPL’s 2011 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Literature Award

March 15, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Woodward received the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library’s Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Award for Literature at the Library's 2011 McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 11 at North Central High School.

2011 Vonnegut Award recipient Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward receiving his award

Presented annually to the McFadden Lecture speaker, the Vonnegut Award is presented to a national author whose writing has impacted and transformed contemporary writing and reading. The Vonnegut Award was established in 2007 for Indianapolis' favorite son author whose innovative writing style broke new ground in fiction and influenced both the literary world and mainstream America.

Woodward, who rose to prominence in American journalism when he teamed with Carl Bernstein at The Washington Post to investigate the burglary of the Watergate office building, is the author of 10 bestselling books, many of which provide behind-the-scenes accounts of key decision-making during recent presidential administrations. His most recent book, Obama's Wars, is a sweeping portrait of President Obama's critical decisions on the Afghanistan War and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

Woodward was presented the distinguished recognition, a custom-designed metal sculpture with Vonnegut's famous self-portrait, by Debby Knox, WISH-TV anchor. Past award winners included authors Neil Gaiman, Nicholas Sparks and Eric Carle.