On August 25th, the Ninth China National Book Awards for Exceptional Contributions was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Professor Guy Alitto from the University of Chicago was among the twenty scholars honored at the ceremony. Each year, award recipients include writers, translators, and publishers who have made a significant contribution in furthering cultural exchange. Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended the ceremony on behalf of the Chinese Government. Madame Liu handed out awards and personally congratulated award recipients.