In this photo provided by NBC, writer Ladee Hubbard talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on Oct. 10, 2017, in New York. The debut novel of Hubbard, a New Orleans writer, has earned her recognition with this year's Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Hubbard will be presented with the $10,000 award at a public ceremony in January for her work, "The Talented Ribkins." (Lloyd Bishop/NBC via AP)