Joy Williams is the author of five novels, her latest being "Harrow", which wone the Kirkus award for best iction in 2021. She is best-known for "The Quick and the Dead," a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. Another, "State of Grace," was a finalist for the 1974 National Book Award. She was elected to the Amercan Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008. She is the recepient of the Library of Congress fiction award (2021).