NEW YORK (AP) — T. Coraghessan Boyle has won a $30,000 lifetime achievement award for short story writing.
The 66-year-old Boyle is this year's recipient of the Rea Award, given to authors who make a significant contribution to the art of short story writing.
Prize judges on Wednesday cited the "variety, hilarity, ambition and achieved talent" of his work and called him a "genuine American original." Boyle's more than 100 published stories include "Sinking House," ''Swept Away" and "The Underground Garden." He is also a highly regarded novelist, most recently of "The Harder They Come," which came out this year.
Previous winners of the Rea Award include Eudora Welty, Alice Munro and John Updike.