event title2022 Literary Award Weekend
Proudly Co-Chaired by McLean Barbieri & Michelle Gaskin Brown

On behalf of our Gala co-chairs, we want to invite you to be a part of the 2022 Nashville Public Library Literary Award weekend. We are excited to honor award-winning author Louise Erdrich and celebrate the many accomplishments of our beloved Nashville Public Library!

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 at 6:30 p.m. – Downtown Main Library

Often described as “the best book club in town,” the weekend kicks off on Friday night at the Patrons Party, sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners and Lillias & Will Johnston. This evening cocktail party, which will take place at the Main Library, allows you to mingle and network the who’s who of Nashville and the literary world, including the Literary Award recipient. You will also get to see an exclusive interview between our Literary Award winner, Louise Erdrich, and past Literary Award winner and acclaimed author Ann Patchett.

Public Lecture – Saturday, November 12th at 10:00 a.m. – Martin Luther King Jr. High School

The Public Lecture, sponsored by Dollar General and Carol & Bobby Frist, is a highlight of the weekend. This event allows the general public to hear from and celebrate the honoree. You can reserve your space today by clicking here.

Literary Award Gala – Saturday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. – Downtown Main Library

The weekend will culminate in the Gala in the Grand Reading Room at the Main Library. This event promises 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 house.

Join the Gala Bookplate Club

Are 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.

Looking to just MAKE A DONATION to the Literary Award Weekend? Click here!
dateNovember 11th 2022
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November 12th 2022
time6:30pm-10pm
priceVarious
whereMain Library 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219
This event has been kindly sponsored by:
LITERARY AWARD PRESENTING SPONSORUBSLITERARY AWARD SPONSORSandra Schatten FoundationLITERARY AWARD GALA SPONSORSAmazon Inc.Laura Anne TurnerPATRONS PARTY SPONSORSPinnacle Financial PartnersLillias & Will JohnstonPUBLIC LECTURE SPONSORSDollar GeneralCarol & Bobby Frist
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