Denis Johnson in 1985. Photo: Jack Manning / The New York Times.

Denis Johnson Posthumously Awarded Library of Congress Prize

Denis Johnson, the novelist who died in May, will posthumously receive the Prize for American Fiction from the Library of Congress, reports Jennifer Schuessler of the New York Times. Johnson, the author of acclaimed books such as Jesus’ Son (1992) and The Name of the World (2000), was notified of the award in March. Cindy Johnson, the author’s widow, will accept the honor on his behalf September 2 during the National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

Previous winners of the award include Marilynne Robinson, Don DeLillo, and Toni Morrison. “In prose that fused grace with grit, he spun tale after tale about our waking wounded, the demons that haunt, the salvation we seek,” said the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.