Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lin Manuel-Miranda Wins a "Special" George Washington Book Prize

Lin-Manuel Miranda.Washington College, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, and Mount Vernon has announced that Lin Manuel-Miranda, the creator and star of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," will be awarded a special achievement award by the George Washington Book Prize.  

Here is some more information:

NEW YORK—Lin-Manuel Miranda, the playwright, lyricist, composer, and star of the groundbreaking hit musical Hamilton will be honored with a Special Achievement Award from the Board of one of the nation’s most prestigious literary honors, the George Washington Book Prize. The special award and accompanying prize of $50,000 will be presented to Miranda at a ceremony in New York City on December 14, 2015.
Created in 2005, the Washington Book Prize recognizes new works that offer fresh perspectives on George Washington and our nation’s Founding Era. One of the largest literary honors presented each year, the $50,000 prize is awarded jointly by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and Washington College.  
Miranda’s special recognition marks the first time the George Washington Prize has been presented to a play. In announcing Miranda’s selection, a spokesperson for the Washington Book Prize Committee stated, “In capturing the hearts of all who have seen it, Hamilton has clearly made the lessons of our Founding accessible and engaging while hewing to historical fact. We honor Lin-Manuel Miranda with a Special Achievement Award for this extraordinary accomplishment.” 
Miranda’s recognition circles back to the first George Washington Book Prize, which was awarded to Ron Chernow for his biography Alexander Hamilton in 2005. According to Miranda, Chernow’s book was an inspiration for his blockbuster musical. 
Of course it is hard for me to pass up news about the George Washington Book Prize.  Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? was chosen as one of the three finalists in 2012.