Maine-born author Elizabeth Strout receives big honor from New York Public Library

Elizabeth Strout
Elizabeth Strout –Leonardo Cendamo

A Mainer is among the 2018 New York Public Library Lions. The recipients of the annual honor, announced last week, are recognized for career-long achievements in literature and culture.

Maine-born author Elizabeth Strout, who took home the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Olive Kitteridge,’’ will be honored at the Library Lions gala on Nov. 5. Other recipients this year include Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow, Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola, Grammy winner Jessye Norman, and poet Claudia Rankine.

Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, Martin Scorsese, and Oprah Winfrey.

In June, Strout’s 2016 novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,’’ adapted into a play of the same name starring Laura Linney, was met with much acclaim by British theater critics. Additionally, former President Barack Obama called Strout’s most recent work, “Anything Is Possible,’’ one of his favorite books from 2017.


“It is essential to the fabric of a community to have a library that reflects the needs of their people, and who opens the door to a broadening of their lives; NYPL does all this splendidly,’’ Strout said in a statement from the library. “I am really so deeply honored to be a Library Lion from this library who reaches out to everyone, no matter who they are or where they came from.’’