2017 Literary Award Gala

honoring Elizabeth Gilbert

2017 Nashville Public Library Literary Award

Friday Evening, November 3rd
The Home of Keith & Jon Meacham | 6:30 pm
NPLF  20th Anniversary Celebration with Special Honoree Gov. Phil Bredesen in conversation with Jon Meacham
Chair: Anna Windrow
Cost: $850

Saturday Morning, November 11th
Montgomery Bell Academy  | 10:00 am
Featuring Elizabeth Gilbert in conversation with Ann Patchett
This is a free, ticketed event and is open to the public.

Saturday Evening, November 11th
Main Library | 6:30 pm
Featuring Literary Award Recipient Elizabeth Gilbert
With Special Honorees Dollar General Literacy Foundation & The Turner Family
Co-chairs: Laura Anne Turner & Denine Torr
Cost: $600 per person / $6,000 for table of 10

For more information about Patron Levels or Tickets,
please contact Elizabeth Sherrard at elizabeth.sherrard@nplf.org or 615.862.5814.

For more information about our Gala Underwriting Opportunities,
please contact Amanda Tate at amanda.tate@nplf.org or 615.862.5787. 

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2017 Nashville Public Library Literary Award Honoree: Elizabeth Gilbert

As we celebrate the Foundation’s 20 year dedication to fostering a love of books and reading in our community, we will honor Elizabeth Gilbert, not only for her significant achievements as an acclaimed author, but for her unique ability to inspire creativity, exploration and discovery through the written word.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat, Pray, Love has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” by the Toronto Sun. Exploding onto the scene in 2006, the bestseller famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce. Translated into more than 30 languages, Eat, Pray, Love has sold over ten million copies worldwide.  Gilbert’s first book, a wide-ranging collection of short fiction called Pilgrims, was a New York Times Most Notable Book and won the Ploughshares prize, among many other honors. Her first novel, Stern Men, won the Kate Chopin Award in 2001. Her third book, The Last American Man, which compellingly explores America’s long-standing intrigue with the pioneer lifestyle, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

In 2010, Gilbert published Committed: A Love Story, the breathlessly anticipated follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love followed by her novel The Signature of All Things, which was named as one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, NPR, and Time. The Washington Post called it “that rare literary achievement: a big, panoramic novel about life and love that captures the idiom and tenor of its age.”

In the decade since Eat, Pray, Love, people around the world have sought Gilbert’s advice on how to lead a bold and inspired life, and she has dedicated herself to exploring the mysteries of courage and creativity. Out of this period of introspection comes Gilbert’s brilliant nonfiction treatise, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. In this book, she digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective on creativity.

NPLF 20th Anniversary Celebration & Special Award Presentations

The Nashville Public Library Foundation was founded in 1997 to raise private funds from the community to support and enhance one of our city’s greatest resources – the Nashville Public Library. In this 20th anniversary year, we celebrate the accomplishments of the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and the courage, inspiration and perseverance of those who made the Foundation what it is today.

Reflecting on the Foundation’s 20 year history, and with the passing of our long-time friend and Library supporter, the Margaret Ann Robinson Leadership Award was established to honor Mrs. Robinson’s legacy of giving and advocacy for the Library. The Award was created to recognize an individual(s) and/or organization for serving as an exemplary steward of, and champion for, the mission of the Nashville Public Library and Foundation, just as Margaret Ann did for more than 30 years.

The award will be presented to individuals or organizations which:

  • Exhibit extraordinary leadership in moving the mission of the Nashville Public Library forward through advocacy, service and giving.
  • Act as a champion for the Nashville Public Library and the Foundation throughout the community, convening public and private partners to continuously improve and expand the reach of the Library system.
  • Believe in the power of the Library to bring people together and create a stronger, more literate community.

The Nashville Public Library Foundation is proud to present the inaugural Margaret Ann Robinson Leadership Award to the Turner Family, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and Governor Phil Bredesen, for their inspiration, courage and perseverance – individually and collectively – to create and grow the Foundation, and therefore the Nashville Public Library system, into the award-winning system it is today.