John Updike

Judy Blume among authors given prizes by arts academy

Judy Blume will receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is also honoring Elizabeth Kolbert, Paul Beatty and more than a dozen other writers.

Blume is being given the E. B. White Award, a $10,000 prize for young people's literature, the academy told The Associated Press on Thursday. Beatty, author of the prize-winning novel "The Sellout," is among eight writers chosen for a $10,000 Arts and Letters prize for literary excellence. The others are Ayad Akhtar, Chris Bachelder, Kathleen Graber, Jennifer Haigh, Dominique Morisseau, Richard Sieburth and Luis Alberto Urrea.

Kolbert, a New Yorker staff writer whose books...