Literary Award Gala

honoring Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas

The Nashville Public Library Literary Award weekend is a celebration of the work of our library and the importance of literacy in our community. Each year, the NPL Literary Award honors a person whose contributions in writing have had a renowned impact on our world.

The weekend begins with a Patrons Party on the eve of the Gala. Often called the best book club in town, this year’s Patrons Party will take place at OZ Arts with cocktails, dinner and a special conversation between the honoree and Jon Meacham. The following evening, the beautiful downtown library plays host to the Literary Award Gala. 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.

Proceeds from the Literary Award’s Patrons Party and Gala benefit the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

2019 Literary Award Honorees

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is the author of seven books: Leonardo da Vinci, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital RevolutionSteve JobsEinstein: His Life and UniverseBenjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography, and The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (co-authored with Evan Thomas).

Isaacson is a host of the show “Amanpour and Company” on PBS and CNN, a contributor to CNBC, and host of the podcast “Trailblazers, from Dell Technologies.” He is also a Professor of History at Tulane and an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg, a financial services firm based in New York City. He is also the past CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a Distinguished Fellow, and has been the chairman of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.

Isaacson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of the Arts, and the American Philosophical Society. He serves on the board of United Airlines, the New Orleans City Planning Commission, the New Orleans Tricentennial Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Society of American Historians, the U.S. Defense Department Innovation Board, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is the author of ten books:  The Wise Men (with Walter Isaacson), The Man to See, The Very Best Men, Robert Kennedy, John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, The War Lovers, Ike’s Bluff, Being Nixon, and First:  Sandra Day O’ConnorBeing Nixon, John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder and First were New York Times bestsellers.  Thomas was a writer, correspondent and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years (1986-96) as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where he wrote more than one hundred cover stories and at the time of his retirement in 2010 was editor-at-large.  He has appeared on many TV and radio talk shows, including Meet the Press, CBS Morning News, Morning Joe and The Colbert Report.  The author of dozens of book reviews for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.

Past Honorees

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