NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Former President Barack Obama, already a million-selling author, is also a prize-winning author. PEN America announced Wednesday that Obama will receive its second annual Voice of Influence Award in recognition of how his writings \u201chave traversed political, social, and ideological bounds and framed a self-reflective humanism that has marked his influence on public life.\u201d Obama, whose memoir \u201cA Promised Land\u201d came out last week, will be honored Dec. 8 at the literary and human rights organization\u2019s annual gala, to be held virtually because of the coronavirus. During the ceremony, Obama and historian Ron Chernow, a former PEN board president, will discuss freedom of expression and the importance of truth in a world of misinformation. Obama\u2019s previous books include \u201cDreams from My Father\u201d and \u201cThe Audacity of Hope.\u201d \u201cAs an organization of writers, we have always seen President Obama not just as a leader, but as one of us: an author. His probing and evocative narratives helped introduce the world to his unique background, and the power of his life experience as a prompt toward a more pluralistic and encompassing society,\u201d PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement. PEN presented its first Voice of Influence Award in 2019 to filmmaker Ava DuVernay.