2016 Literary Award Gala

honoring John Lewis 

2016 Nashville Public Library Literary Award
honoring JOHN LEWIS
Bestselling Author | Civil Rights Hero | Medal of Freedom Recipient | Congressman

PATRONS PARTY
Friday Evening, November 18th
See ticket information below.

PUBLIC LECTURE
Saturday Morning, November 19th
The Public Lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. Learn more.

LITERARY AWARD GALA
Saturday Evening, November 19th
Seating is limited. See ticket information below. 

– Ticket Information – 

Limited Edition Patron
$10,000
Includes two tickets to Patrons Party on November 18th; two tickets to Literary Award Gala on November 19th; Books signed by John Lewis; Distinctive recognition in Gala invitation, program and on Foundation website; Five books donated to the Library in Limited Edition Patron’s name; One year membership in the Carnegie Society*.

(Tangible Benefit: $330 per couple)

Literati Patron
$5,000

Includes two tickets to Patrons Party on November 18th; two tickets to Literary Award Gala on November 19th; Books signed by John Lewis;
Distinctive recognition in Gala invitation, program and on Foundation website; Five books donated to the Library in Literati Patron’s name.

(Tangible Benefit: $330 per couple)

Gala Patron
$1,450

Includes one ticket to Patrons Party on November 18th; one ticket to Literary Award Gala on November 19th; Books signed by John Lewis; Listing in Gala program.

(Tangible Benefit: $165 per person)

Patron
$850

Includes one ticket to Patrons Party on November 18th; Book signed by John Lewis;
Listing in Gala program.

(Tangible Benefit: $65 per person)

Gala ticket
$600

One ticket to Literary Award Gala on November 19th; Books signed by John Lewis

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Patrons Party or Gala, please contact Elizabeth Sherrard at elizabeth.sherrard@nplf.org. The Public Lecture is free, non-ticketed event and is open to the public. 

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. A celebration of the written word, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean declared the NPL Literary Award and Gala his “favorite event of the year.”

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 held at a lovely private home. Often called “the best book club in town,” the annual gathering provides an intimate setting for guests to mingle, network and spark riveting conversation with the award recipient. The following evening hosts the Literary Award Gala at the beautiful downtown library. 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 and Jon Meacham.

Proceeds from the Literary Award’s Patrons Party and Gala fund the multiple endeavors of the Nashville Public Library Foundation, including the preschool literacy program Bringing Books to Life!, several after-school programs for at-risk youth and the Courtyard Concert series.