Lots of gay or gay-friendly giants among this year's American Academy of Arts and Letters honorees.
Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction ($5,000): The Miniature Wife, Manuel Gonzales
Benjamin Danks Award ($20,000): Yiyun Li
Harold Vursell Award ($20,000): Daniel Mendelsohn
Katherine Anne Porter Award ($20,000): Sherman Alexie
E.M. Forster Award** ($20,000): Sarah Hall
Blake Dodd Prize ($25,000): Alexander Stille
Rosenthal Family Award ($10,000): The Isle of Youth, Laura van den Berg
**E.M. Forster delayed publication of his gay love story Maurice until after his death, bequeathing the royalties and rights to out Christopher Isherwood who in turn bequeathed them to the Academy to fund the E.M. Forster Award for a young writer from the UK or Ireland to spend time in the U.S.