Mr. Johnson is sponsored by the Pima County Public Library
Charles Johnson’s newest book is “The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling” (Scribner, 2016). His novel “Middle Passage” won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1990, making him the second African-American man to receive this prize after Ralph Ellison in 1953. He has also won a MacArthur Fellowship (or “genius grant”), as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the Humanities Washington Award 2013 for his longtime support for the humanities in Washington, including his fifteen-year involvement in Humanities Washington’s “Bedtime Stories” literary gala, an event that has raised over a million dollars for literacy programs. His numerous works include four novels, three collections of short stories and over 20 screenplays; he is also a cartoonist. Johnson is a professor emeritus of fiction at the University of Washington, where he began teaching in 1976, and an active force in the Seattle arts and humanities community.