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Bloomberg Gives Writers Inaugural NYC Literary Awards

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Paul Auster, Robert Caro and Walter Dean Myers are among the writers who will get new literary awards from Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion on Thursday night.

The 2012 NYC Literary Honors are given to authors and scholars who have used New York City as their muse and who have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement.

“Tonight’s awards give our City the opportunity to officially recognize some of the New Yorkers that have told our stories, chronicled our experiences, shared our love for our home, and enriched the lives of millions of readers around the world,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement.

The award for Fiction will go to Brooklyn writer Paul Auster. He has written 16 novels, including The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1995 film Smoke, starring Harvey Keitel.

Robert Caro won in the Non-Fiction category. He's the author of biographies on Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, and has won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and a presidential National Humanities Medal.

The Harlem writer, Walter Dean Myers, who is the author of MONSTER, will get the prize for Children’s Literature. He's the author of two Newbery Honor books and five Coretta Scott King Book Award winners.

New School professor Marie Ponsot will get an award for her poetry. She's the author of Beat Not the Poor Desk with Rosemary Deen and, more recently, The Bird Catcher, which won a National Book Critics Circle award.

Brooklyn-born Roz Chast, who has had more than 1,000 cartoons published in magazines like The New Yorker, Scientific American and The Harvard Business Review, will get the Humor Literary Award.

The Literary Life award will go to Robert Silvers, who has edited The New York Review of Books since 1963. Angelica Modabber, a senior at the NYC iSchool in Manhattan, will also be honored for her work.

Each of the winners will read from their work on Thursday night.