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The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to invite you to the 28th 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.

Literary Lights 2016

The Associates of the Boston Public Library

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

Literary Lights 2016

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The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to invite you to the
28th annual Literary Lights awards dinner. 
Join us on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the Boston Park Plaza for a spectacular black tie evening honoring distinguished authors from the Northeast for their contributions to literature and the written word. The evening begins with a reception at 6:00pm, followed by dinner and the awards program at 7:00pm. 


We are honored to recognize the following authors as our 2016 Literary Lights:



Michael Sandel (photo by Stephanie Mitchell)


Keynote Speaker
Presented by: The Honorable Margaret Marshall

Michael Sandel, is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches political philosophy. He has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher,” a “rock-star moralist” (Newsweek), “the man who is currently the most effective communicator of ideas in English” (Guardian), and “the most popular professor in the world” (Die Zeit). His newest book, questioning the role of money and markets in our society, is What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.

Roz Chast

Presented by: Tom Perrotta

Roz Chast is one of The New Yorker's most popular cartoonists, known for depicting anxieties, insecurities and neuroses. She has illustrated several children’s books, contributed to many humor collections, lectured widely, and in 2012 was awarded the N.Y.C. Literary Honor in Humor by Mayor Bloomberg. Her most recent book,Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (2014), is a best-selling graphic memoir that narrates her experience of losing her elderly parents in middle age.

Tess Gerritsin (photo by Melissa Hobbs)

Presented by: Stona Fitch

Tess Gerritsen is an internationally best-selling author and retired physician, widely known for her series featuring Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and coroner Maura Isles (now a popular television series). Dubbed the “medical suspense queen” by Publisher Weekly, she has won numerous awards for her work including the Nero Wolfe Award and the Rita Award. Her novels have been praised as “scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail) and “pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Her newest novel is the supernatural thriller, Playing With Fire.

Charles Pierce

Presented by: Bill Littlefield

Charles Pierce is a celebrated journalist, well-known for his chronicling of sports in America. He has been named a finalist for the Associated Press Sports Editor's award for best column writing on many occasions; his work is frequently recognized in Best American Sportswriting; and his writing has been anthologized in Sports Guy: In Search of Corkball, Warroad Hockey, Hooters Golf, Tiger Woods and the Big, Big Game. In addition to writing for the on-line sports magazine Grantland, he is currently the lead writer for Esquire.com's Politics blog. Mr. Pierce appears regularly on NPR's sports program Only A Game, the Stephanie Miller Show, and is a frequent panelist on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. He has written four books, including the national bestseller, Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free.

Stacy Schiff

Presented by: Simon Winchester

Stacy Schiff is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the acclaimed biography Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). Her other works include her debut novel, Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize; and the national best-sellerCleopatra: A Life. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Schiff has also written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. Her latest book, The Witches, delves into the mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials.

In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of these five outstanding writers, proceeds from Literary Lights support 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 would prefer to receive a mailed invitation or for more information about sponsorship opportuntiesplease contact the Associates office at associates@bpl.org or (617) 536-3886.

Thank you.

Have questions about Literary Lights 2016? Contact The Associates of the Boston Public Library

When & Where

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

Sunday, April 10, 2016 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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