Literary Award Gala

At the Nashville Public Library Foundation we believe that the heart of a strong city is a strong library. This has been exemplified during the challenges of the last few months. As you can imagine, this 17th anniversary of the Literary Award Gala will look quite different, but we promise it will be equally meaningful and memorable

Whether you choose to celebrate safely with a few friends or from the comfort of your own couch, the Stay-at-Home Literary Award Gala on November 14 will be an evening filled with inspirationalibrary storiesspecial appearances from past Literary Award honorees, surprise guests and more 

 This year’s Literary Award Gala will kick-off a year-long celebration of Literacy as the Great Equalizer — highlighting the Foundation’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through the support and promotion of Nashville Public Library’s life-changing literacy programs — culminating in honoring Colson Whitehead as our Literary Award Honoree for 2021.

In keeping with tradition, the Literary Award Public Lecture will be held the morning of the 14th. Join us for this free event as we shine the spotlight on library users to help celebrate the powerful impact of literacy and learning at Nashville Public Library.  

The Literary Award Gala is NPLF’s signature fundraising event. Please consider making a general donation if you cannot attend the Stay-at-Home Gala.

Past Honorees

Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, 2019
David Remnick, 2018
Elizabeth Gilbert, 2017
John Lewis, 2016
Jon Meacham, 2015
Scott Turow, 2014
Robert K. Massie, 2013
Margaret Atwood, 2012
John McPhee, 2011
Billy Collins, 2010
Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2009
John Irving, 2008
Ann Patchett, 2007
John Updike, 2006
David McCullough, 2005
David Halberstam, 2004