Check back soon for images and videos from this wonderful weekend.
Proudly Co-Chaired by McLean Barbieri & Michelle Gaskin Brown
On behalf of our Gala co-chairs, we want to thank you for being a part of the 2022 Nashville Public Library Literary Award weekend. The event was a great success. We will share highlights, photos, and videos here shortly. Check back soon!!
About the Award
Established in 2004, the Nashville Public Library Literary Award recognizes distinguished authors for their illustrious contributions to the world of books, literacy, and reading. Each year, we bring an outstanding individual to Nashville for a weekend-long celebration to honor their achievements while simultaneously raising funds to support NPL and its essential education and literacy programs and resources.
About the Literary Award Weekend
Presented by UBS, the Nashville Public Literary Award weekend draws more than 1,000 cultural, political, community, and business leaders from across Nashville and beyond.
Patrons Party – Friday, November 11th – Downtown Main Library
Often described as “the best book club in town,” the weekend kicked off on Friday night with the Patrons Party, sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners and Lillias & Will Johnston. This evening cocktail party, at the Main Library, allowed guests to mingle and network the who’s who of Nashville and the literary world, including the Literary Award recipient. Guests were treated to an intimate conversation between our Literary Award winner, Louise Erdrich, and past Literary Award winner and acclaimed author Ann Patchett.
Public Lecture – Saturday, November 12th – Martin Luther King Jr. High School
The Public Lecture, sponsored by Dollar General, is a highlight of the weekend. This event, livestreamed at several branches, allowed the general public to hear from and celebrate the honoree.
Literary Award Gala – Saturday, November 12th – Downtown Main Library
The weekend culminated with the Gala in the Grand Reading Room at the Main Library. This event delivered delightful cocktails, conversation, and a delicious dinner in an elegant setting.
About the Author
Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction and The Night Watchman won the Pulitzer Prize. Love Medicine and LaRose received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. Her most recent book, The Sentence, has been nominated for the Women’s Prize. A ghost lives in her creaky old haunted house.
Join the Gala Bookplate ClubAre you looking for an additional opportunity to support the Library? We invite you to become a Bookplate Club member and give directly to expand the Library's collection. You will be recognized on a personalized bookplate with the name of whomever you choose. To become a member, please click here.
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