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Levar Burton Named PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion

LeVar Burton Named Literary Champion

LeVar Burton, actor and iconic host of Reading Rainbow has been named the PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion.  This annual honor will recognize literary advocacy and a commitment to inspiring new generations of readers and writers.

"I couldn’t be more honored to be the inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion.” LeVar Burton said. “Whatever efforts I have made toward advancing the cause of literacy, give honor to my mother, Erma Gene Christian, my first teacher and from whom I have inherited my love for books and reading. "

PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion LeVar Burton will be honored, along with this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner and finalists, in a virtual celebration to be held on May 10, 2021.  You can learn more at the Learn More at the PEN/Faulkner website