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The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to invite you to the 27th annual Literary Lights dinner -- a black tie event honoring distinguished writers from the Northeast. Please see below for event details and this year's honorees.

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Literary Lights 2015

The Associates of the Boston Public Library

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

Literary Lights 2015

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Event Details

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to invite you to the 27th annual Literary Lights dinner – a black tie event honoring distinguished writers from the Northeast and their contributions to literature. This year’s author honorees, or “Literary Lights,” are recognized for excellence in a wide variety of literary genres. Collectively, they have won dozens of major awards for their inspiring work. The event will take place on Sunday, April 12th, 2015 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, starting with a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 pm.


This year's Literary Lights are:


Niall Ferguson

History professor, keynote speaker and author of The War of the World

Presented by David Gergen

 Ayaan Hirsi Ali


Activist and author of Infidel

Presented by Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

 Katherine Boo

Investigative journalist and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Presented by Jill Ker Conway

 Rebecca Goldstein


Philosopher and author of Plato at the Googleplex

Presented by Alan Lightman

 Wendell and Florence Minor


Award-winning book cover artist, and husband and wife collaborators on children’s books

Presented by Mary Higgins Clark

 Amor Towles


Novelist and author of Rules of Civility

Presented by Claire Messud



In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of these six writers, the evening also raises money for the David McCullough Conservation Fund,  William O. Taylor Art Preservation Fund, Associates Endowment Fund, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library's operations. The Associates created the McCullough Fund in 2001 to provide a consistent source of funding for the conservation and preservation of books, manuscripts, works of art and historic documents in the BPL's Special Collections.


If you prefer, we would be glad to mail you a paper invitation. Please request one by contacting the Associates Office at associates@bpl.org or (617) 536-3886. Please also contact us with any questions about this event or regarding sponsorship opportunities. Thank you.

Have questions about Literary Lights 2015? Contact The Associates of the Boston Public Library

When & Where

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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The Associates of the Boston Public Library

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library (BPL)’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, musical scores, works of art, and items of significant historic interest. The organization is committed to ensuring continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their cataloging, repair, restoration, digitization, and exhibition.


Over the past 43 years, the Associates has been the creator and underwriter of a wide array of programs, designed to heighten public awareness of the Library's vast free educational resources. These programs include art and architecture tours, readings, lectures, curatorial evenings, exhibitions, music events, and an annual residency for an emerging children's writer. The Associates oversees the David McCullough Conservation Fund and the William O. Taylor Art Preservation Fund.


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