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Joan Didion receives Bancroft Library award
On April 27, The Bancroft Library presented Joan Didion (‘56) with the 2006 Hubert Howe Bancroft award. Over 200 guests attended “100 Years of the Bancroft Library,” which was held at the UC Berkeley Art Museum. The evening’s celebrations included a gallery viewing of the Bancroft's centennial exhibition, a cocktail reception, and a delicious meal by Narsai David. The proceeds from a silent auction will benefit a documentary project being produced by Carla De Luca in collaboration with the Regional Oral History Project, “From Prohibition to Bottled Poetry.”
The author of celebrated novels, memoirs, and essays, Didion’s collected nonfiction, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, is forthcoming this fall. She won the 2005 National Book Award for The Year of Magical Thinking.
In accepting the Hubert Howe Bancroft award, Didion said:
“When it was suggested that I receive this award it was pointed out that it would be unusual, because I was a writer, not a historian.