According to the National Book Foundation, the writer will be the first master of ceremonies to have published books in both the children's and adult fiction categories.
James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction for his novel set during the Civil War, while George Packer picked up the non-fiction award for his examination of contemporary America.
A recent study done by New York's New School for Social Research found that, after reading literary fiction, participants displayed more social perception and empathy.
The Randolph County Board of Education recently voted to ban Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel from libraries.
Dave Eggers' National Book Award finalist will star and be produced by 'Cloud Atlas' actor Tom Hanks.