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Was Michelle Obama Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Her husband, former U.S. President Barack Obama, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

Published Sep 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 06: A conversation with Michelle Obama takes place during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images) (Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
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In the fall of 2019, it was announced that former first lady Michelle Obama would be the recipient of a Nobel Prize in literature.

On Sept. 4, 2019, the website Taters Gonna Tate published an article positing that former first lady Michelle Obama had been announced as the winner of a Nobel Prize in literature:

Michelle Obama Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

It certainly seems like the Nobel Prize committee is partial to the Obamas. Just this last month, the announcement came that Michelle Obama’s bestselling book, “Becoming”, would be awarded the Nobel Prize for literary work. The former first lady will join her husband Barack Obama as the possessor of the prestigious honor.

The book details much of the author’s experiences, but does not delve into the running teabagger narrative that she is transgender.

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Taters Gonna Tate.  "Michelle Obama Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature."    4 September 2019.