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2014 Nashville Public Library Literary Award and Gala Events
Honoring Scott Turow
November 7th and 8th

- Chaired by -
Corinne Kidd and Keith Meacham

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. Proceeds from the 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 Summer Concert Series.

Each year the award brings an outstanding individual to Nashville to honor his or her achievements, to benefit the library and to promote books, literacy and reading. Presented at the annual Gala, previous recipients are David Halberstam (2004), David McCullough (2005), John Updike (2006), Ann Patchett (2007), John Irving (2008), Doris Kearns Goodwin (2009), Billy Collins (2010), John McPhee (2011), Margaret Atwood (2012) and Robert K. Massie (2013). The 2014 Literary Award will be presented to Scott Turow.

When the Nashville Public Library inaugurated the Literary Award in 2004, a main objective was to be certain that the community at large would benefit from the award winner’s visit to Nashville. Inspired by a desire to share the talents of a great literary figure, a public reading by the honoree has been an integral part of programming. This year the lecture will be held at Nashville Public Library on November 8th.

The weekend begins with the Patrons Party, a special evening with Scott Turow. This evening is a unique opportunity to meet Mr. Turow and be part of an intimate conversation about his work at Margaret Ann Robinson’s home. Tickets to attend the Patrons Party are $750 per person.

The Literary Award Gala is held at the beautiful Robert A.M. Stern designed downtown library. It begins with cocktails in Ingram Hall, followed by dinner and remarks from Mr.Turow in the beautiful Grand Reading Room. The Gala is black-tie and $500 per person.

To further celebrate Mr. Turow and the library, a selection of “priceless,” silent auction packages will be offered.  The proceeds from the auction will benefit the preschool literacy and after-school teen programs that the Nashville Public Library Foundation supports for the Nashville Public Library. Auction donors will receive recognition in the auction brochure, on the website and in auction email communication.

With the proceeds, the Nashville Public Library Foundation will provide programs which promote early reading skills, establish centers for homework help and purchase library books in all formats to benefit the Nashville community.