Doctorow is scheduled to receive his award on Nov. 4 at Chicago's Symphony Center, where he will be speaking as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Chicago Tribune Company said in a statement
"In many ways, Doctorow is a time-traveler," said Ann Marie Lipinski, editor of the Chicago Tribune. "Whether writing about periods as distant as the Civil War or as relatively recent as the Cold War, he provokes a very powerful sense for the reader of living the time. But he bends history in a way that makes you reconsider it. Doctorow has given us a sweeping collection of novels, non-fiction, short stories and theater. There are few living Americans with as inventive and substantial a body of work."
The 76-year-old native New Yorker is the author of "The Book of Daniel," "Ragtime," "American Anthem" and "City of God."