|Tom Mallon’s books on display at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.|
Last week Prof. Thomas Mallon was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with its Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award, a $10,000 prize “given annually to single out recent prose that merits recognition for the quality of its style.” Prof. Mallon joins a distinguished list of previous prizewinners, including Amy Hempl, Ann Patchett, and Tom Wolfe.
The award ceremony is a large affair held at the Academy’s auditorium on West 156th Street in New York. Each year, winners gather on stage for a group photo. The photo below shows Tom accepting the award from writer Lorrie Moore. If you squint, you can see Edward Albee, to Tom’s left, applauding.