Louise Erdrich to receive Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Novelist Louise Erdrich will be honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction this year.

Erdrich is the author of such acclaimed novels as "Love Medicine," ''The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse," ''The Plague of Doves" and her current novel, "The Round House."

Librarian of Congress James Billington is announcing the recipient of the fiction prize Tuesday. Erdrich will receive the prize Sept. 5 at the National Book Festival in Washington.

Billington says Erdrich has had a remarkable string of novels in which she portrayed her fellow Native Americans like no other writer has, by exploring the cultural challenges that native and mixed-race Americans face.

Erdrich is the third winner of the fiction prize, following E.L. Doctorow last year and Don DeLillo in 2013.