The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou.
The poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is this year’s recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It’s the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou, whose many honors include three Grammys for best spoken word album, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
E.L. Doctorow, a familiar name among prize judges, will receive an honorary medal for contributions to American letters. He won the National Book Award in 1986 for World’s Fair and was a finalist three other times. He’s best known for the historical novel Ragtime, which was adapted into a movie and Broadway musical.
Johansson to marry
Apparently love didn’t get lost in translation for Scarlett Johansson, who is engaged to a Frenchman and onetime journalist.
Johansson’s rep, Marcel Pariseau, confirmed her engagement to Romain Dauriac on Thursday. Pariseau said no date was set for their wedding.
Baby on way
Here’s one kid who’ll be guaranteed to have healthy baby food.
Daphne Oz, a host of ABC’s daytime program The Chew and daughter of talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, announced her pregnancy Thursday during a taping of the show’s season premiere, which will air Monday. It will be the first grandchild for Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa.
Daphne Oz, who is 27, has been married for three years to John Jovanovic.
Judy Garland’s talented daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli will perform together for the first time in 20 years during two concerts next month to raise money to fight breast cancer.
The concerts will be Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 at the jazz club Birdland on West 44th Street. Most tickets start at $250 and include drinks and dinner.
The last time the sisters performed together was during a memorable duet at the 1993 Tony Awards.
The concerts will benefit the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation
Among celebrity birthdays today: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 78. Singer David Allan Coe is 74. Singer-bassist Roger Waters is 70. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 69. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 66. Singer Buddy Miller is 61. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 55. Singer Mark Chesnutt is 50. Actress Rosie Perez is 49. Singer Macy Gray is 46. Actress Naomie Harris is 37. Rapper Foxy Brown is 35. Singer Max George is 25.