From Timothy Zahn's Facebook page Congratulations Mr. Zahn!:
Recently I was honored to be awarded the 2016 Life Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
It was not too long ago, back in the Old Days, when writers of tie-in fiction were looked down upon by the literary types and even by some in the fantasy and SF communities.
But times have changed. Over the years, thanks to the tireless efforts of a legion of top-notch authors, it's been conclusively proved that novelizations, tie-ins, and spin-offs can be as interesting, thoughtful, and just plain fun to read as anything else out there.
Once again, my deepest thanks to the IAMTW for this honor.