Isabel Allende to receive honorary National Book Award medal

September 20, 2018 - 8:49 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Allende has won an honorary National Book Award.

The author of beloved novels such as "The House of the Spirits" and "Eva Luna" is getting a medal for "distinguished contribution to American letters" from the National Book Foundation. The foundation made the announcement Thursday.

She is the first Spanish-language author to receive the prize. It Has been given in previous year's to Toni Morrison and Philip Roth, among others.

In a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press, the 76-year-old Allende dismissed any talk of her legacy, but said she was grateful for a "full and rich life," doing what she loves.

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