2018 Nashville Public Library Literary Award
honoring David Remnick
David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He has written more than two hundred articles for the magazine, including reported pieces from Russia, the Middle East, and Europe and Profiles of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, Mike Tyson, Bruce Springsteen, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, and Benjamin Netanyahu. He also serves as the host of the magazine’s national radio program and podcast, “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” which airs weekly.
He began his reporting career in 1982, as a staff writer for the Washington Post, where he covered stories for the Metro, Sports, and Style sections. In 1988, he began a four-year tenure as a Moscow correspondent for the Post, an experience that formed the basis of his 1993 book on the former Soviet Union, “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.” In 1994, “Lenin’s Tomb” received both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.
Under Remnick’s leadership, The New Yorker has become the country’s most honored magazine, with a hundred and sixty-nine National Magazine Award nominations and forty-one wins. In 2016, it became the first magazine to receive a Pulitzer Prize for its writing, and now has won three. Remnick’s personal honors include Advertising Age’s Editor of the Year, in 2000 and 2016, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 2016.
He has written six books: “Lenin’s Tomb,” “Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia,” “King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero,” “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama,” and “The Devil Problem” and “Reporting,” which are collections of some of his articles from the magazine. He has edited many anthologies of New Yorker pieces, including “Life Stories,” “Wonderful Town,” “The New Gilded Age,” “Fierce Pajamas,” “Secret Ingredients,” “Disquiet, Please!,” “The 40s,” “The 50s,” and “The 60s.”
Remnick has contributed to The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught at Princeton, where he received his B.A., in 1981, and Columbia University. He lives in New York with his wife, Esther Fein; they have three children, Alex, Noah, and Natasha.
LITERARY AWARD GALA EVENTS
Friday, November 9
6:30 p.m. — OZ Arts Nashville
COST: $850 PER PERSON
Saturday, November 10
10:00 a.m. — Lipscomb University
COST: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
LITERARY AWARD GALA
Saturday, November 10
6:30 p.m. — Main Library | 615 Church Street
COST: $650 PER PERSON; $6,500 PER TABLE
About the Literary Award
The Nashville Public Library Literary Award was established in 2004 to recognize distinguished authors and other individuals for their contributions to the world of books and reading. Each year the award brings an outstanding individual to Nashville to honor his or her achievements, to benefit the library and to promote books and literacy.
The NPL Literary Award weekend draws an audience of nearly 1,000 cultural, political, community and business leaders from Nashville and beyond. Each year, the celebration begins with a Patrons Party, often called “the best book club in town,” that provides an intimate setting for guests to mingle, network and spark riveting conversation. The following evening, the beautiful downtown library plays host to the Literary Award Gala. The black-tie affair begins with cocktails in Ingram Hall and is followed by dinner and remarks from the honoree in the Grand Reading Room.
Previous recipients include David Halberstam, David McCullough, John Updike, Ann Patchett, John Irving, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Billy Collins, John McPhee, Margaret Atwood, Robert K. Massie, Scott Turow, Jon Meacham, John Lewis and Elizabeth Gilbert.
Proceeds from the Literary Award’s Patrons Party and Gala benefit the Nashville Public Library Foundation.