The Jay and Deen Kogan Award is honored to recognize every year the newest recipient whose work reflects the preservation of literary excellence and achievement.

Nominees are reviewed each year to make sure they are participating and cultivating a greater appreciation and pride in America’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, authoritative editions of America’s best and most significant writing within the genre of noir.

This year we celebrate Max Rudin as the 2022 recipient for his efforts within the publishing medium for maintaining the time honored tradition of noir.

There’s an extraordinarily rich tradition of African-American writing in America, which is part of American literature, and without which it’s impossible to understand American literature or American history... I think that the Library of America’s role is to educate, to celebrate, and to enrich the conversation by exploring that rich past.
Max Rudin, 2022 Winner Of The Jay and Deen Kogan Award For Excellence

Max Rudin is the publisher of The Library of America, a nonprofit publisher whose mission is to foster greater appreciation and pride in America’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, authoritative editions of America’s best and most significant writing. Mr. Rudin writes on American history, literature, music, and popular culture for American Heritage and Raritan magazines. He created, hosts, and introduces the ongoing program of readings “Great New York Writers in Great New York Places.” He has directed several NEH-funded publishing and national public programming initiatives, among them the Isaac Bashevis Singer Centennial (2004) and Lincoln in American Memory: Exploring the Life and Legacy of Our Sixteenth President (2009). He serves on the Board of Directors of The Great Books Foundation and The New York Festival of Song.

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