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Prolific author, Toni Morrison, is being honored by the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Morrison is just one of 13 recipients of the award. Singer, Bob Dylan and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright are among the other recipients. This award is the highest civilian honor given by the United States government.

President Obama named medal winners as “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

The White House revisited Morrison’s Nobel Prize citation, calling her an author, “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Though Morrison is 81, she has not stopped writing. She’s releasing a new book called “Home” on May 3.

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