Chabon Wins Scriptner Achievement Award

Michael Chabon has won the 2009 Scripter Literary Achievement Award.

The prize, established in 2007, honors writers “who have made a significant and lasting impact on the art of cinematic adaptation,” according to a press release released Tuesday. At the ceremony Jan. 30, the Friends of USC Libraries will also award the prize for best film adaptation of a book or novella, which has been awarded since 1988.

“I am delighted to have been singled out for this honor,” Chabon said in a statement. “I consider myself fortunate to be able to share in the great tradition that the Scripter Award both recognizes and exemplifies.”

Steven Zaillian, screenwriter of Gangs of New York and Schindler’s List, won the first achievement award last year. Chabon previously won the 2001 Scripter Award for the screen adaptation of Wonder Boys.

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