Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

The NBCC welcomes nominations from members for the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person or institution---a writer, publisher, critic, or editor, among others---who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture. 

As you can tell from the list of recipients below, the award is truly ecumenical, seeking to recognize outstanding and longstanding work from any sector that affects a book and contributes to American arts and letters.

Please e-mail your nominations to Michael Schaub at mschaubtx@gmail.com. You must be a member of the NBCC to submit a name.

2016

Margaret Atwood

2015

Wendell Berry

2014

Toni Morrison

2013

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith 

2012

Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar

2011

Robert B. Silvers

2010

Dalkey Archive Press

2009

Joyce Carol Oates

2008

PEN American Center

2007

Emilie Buchwald

2006

John Leonard

2005

Bill Henderson

2004

Louis Rubin Jr.

2003

Studs Terkel

2002

Richard Howard

2001

Jason Epstein

2000

Barney Rosset

1999

Pauline Kael and Lawrence Ferlinghetti

1997

Leslie Fiedler

1996

Albert Murray

1995

Alfred Kazin and Elizabeth Hardwick

1994

William Maxwell

1992

Gregory Rabassa

1990

Donald Keene

1989

James Laughlin

1987

Robert Giroux

1984

Library of America

1982

Leslie A. Marchand

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