Stephen King will be presented with the United States’ National Medal of Arts by Barack Obama on 10th September.
The medal is the highest award for artists given by the US government and is given to those who are “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.”
King is the author of dozens of bestselling novels including The Shining and Carrie. The National Endowment for the Arts, in a citation that will be read by Obama at the ceremony, said: “For decades, his works of horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy have terrified and delighted audiences around the world.”
King tweeted: “I guess I’m going to be awarded the National Medal of Arts. I’m amazed and grateful. Congratulations to all my fellow honorees!”
King will receive the medal alongside nine other individuals and organisations, including one fellow author, Tobias Wolff.
The ceremony will also see National Humanities Medals awarded to authors including Jhumpa Lahiri, Larry McMurtry and Annie Dillard.
The Humanities Medal honours “individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects.”
Previous recipients of the National Medal of Arts include Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Philip Roth, Maurice Sendak, Harper Lee and Maya Angelou.