January 2016, Miscellaneous
J.K. Rowling is going to receive the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award. Rowling will be presented her award on May 16 at the literary and human rights group’s annual spring gala in New York. Previous winners include Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Tim Stoppard.
In its announcement , PEN cited Rowling’s advocacy for free expression; her founding of the charitable trust Volant, which supports multiple sclerosis research and other causes; and her nonprofit organization Lumos, which works to reconnect institutionalized children with their families.