Lee won’t be attending the White House ceremony. You can see a photo of her at a 2005 appearance.
Other writers getting awards Wednesday are:
- Robert Brustein for contributions to the American theatre
- Donald Hall for contributions to American poetry.
- Bernard Bailyn, author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning works, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution and Voyagers to the West
- Jacques Barzun, author of dozens of books of cultural history
- Wendell E. Berry, poet and novelist
- Joyce Carol Oates, novelist, poet, short story and nonfiction writer
- Arnold Rampersad, biographer and literary critic
- Philip Roth, author of 24 novels
- Gordon Wood, author and editor of 18 books dealing with the founding of America
- Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, literary critic, and author of Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative
A complete list of winners of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal is here.