University Of Scranton Honors Stephen Karam With Author AwardBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
At least once a year, a school would honor an individual for his works and achievements in certain fields. This year, a Tony award winner, actor, author and playwright is receiving a Distinguished Author Award.
The Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library, Charles Kratz, says that he has done extremely well.
The University of Scranton honors Stephen Karam with the 2016 Royden B. Davis S.J Distinguished Author Award because of his work, "The Humans." During a Weinberg Memorial Library event last Saturday, the artist even signed a copy of his first ever book. There were at least three hundred eighty people to attend the Awards Ceremony at the DeNaples ballroom. There was of course a dinner and a presentation. His work, "The Humans", is about a Scranton local hosting a thanksgiving dinner in his New York apartment with his family. It is also noted that the book has won the Drama Desk Award, The Outer Critics Circle Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama League Award and is now nominated for this year's 2016 Pulitzer Award.
Many describe him to be quite talented. According to The Times Tribune, his third grade teacher, Kate Hoban, says he was a very special student who did everything well. Even his fifth grade teacher knew that he was going to become a great writer or author someday. She even kept a copy of "The Amazing Discovery" for a quarter of her life because she knew he was going to be great. She taught at the Robert Morris Elementary School. "The Amazing Discovery" talks about a group of people finding the Declaration of Independence and sets off on an adventure. In 1991, his story won the Scranton School District's book contest.
Aside from being honored for his work in "The Humans," he was also acknowledged for two of his other plays. Many were in attendance to honor him. The night itself is considered to be the biggest attendance since the University started this event.