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Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, On Screen Award, and Maxwell E. Perkins Award

On Screen Award

The On Screen Award honors groundbreaking creations in film and television that mirror the complexity and vision of great novels.

Recipients

2020: James McBride and SHOWTIME® for "The Good Lord Bird"

James McBride author photoCR: Chia Messina

2020: James McBride and SHOWTIME® for "The Good Lord Bird"

Author James McBride and SHOWTIME will receive the Center’s On Screen Award for “The Good Lord Bird” at the Center’s virtual Annual Awards Benefit on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Executive producer and star of the series Ethan Hawke will present the award.

Produced by Blumhouse Television for SHOWTIME, “The Good Lord Bird” will have its premiere on October 4th, 2020 on SHOWTIME. The series is based on James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award-winning novel of the same name. It tells the story of fictional young slave Onion (played by Joshua Caleb Johnson), who joins the abolitionist soldiers led by John Brown (Ethan Hawke) in an attempt to lead a slave revolt. Their 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry fails but ends up helping to start the Civil War. The series has been lauded for its demonstration of the novel’s thematic relevance to issues of our day, and its cast and creators have received critical acclaim for their performances, writing, and direction.

2019: Margaret Atwood, Craig Erwich, and Bruce Miller for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, On Screen Award, and Maxwell E. Perkins Award

2019: Margaret Atwood, Craig Erwich, and Bruce Miller for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Actress Ann Dowd presented the inaugural On Screen Award to Margaret Atwood, Craig Erwich, and Bruce Miller, at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Cipriani.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered on Hulu’s online streaming service in April 2017. The series is based on Ms. Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name and has been lauded for its demonstration of the novel’s thematic relevance. Its cast and creators have received critical acclaim for their performances, writing, and direction.