Literary Award Gala

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. 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.

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