Literary Award Gala

2021 Literary Award Gala

On behalf of our Gala co-chairs Gail Williams and Wanda Lyle, we want to thank you for being a part of the 2021 Nashville Public Library Literary Award weekend. Whether we had the pleasure of your company in-person of if you chose to join us from the comfort of your home, we know that this was a weekend to remember. Not only were we regaled with award-winning author Colson Whitehead, but we also celebrated the impact of and raised critical funds for 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.

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

Past Gala Chairs
Vandana Abramson
Beth Alexander
Grace Awh
Jean Ann Banker
Mary & John Bettis
Holly Coltea
Sondra Cruickshanks
Kaye & Roy Elam
Kate Ezell
Janetta Fleming
Elizabeth Fox
Jennifer Frist
Kathy Harrell
Barbara Haugen
Lucy Haynes
Phyllis & James Hildreth
Vicki Horne
Ann Kelly
Corinne Kidd
Mary & Calvin Lewis
Gina & Dick Lodge
Keith Meacham
Juli & Ralph Mosley
Elizabeth Papel
Kathryn Hays Sasser
Kate Satz
Kay Simmons
Denine Torr
Laura Anne Turner
Phyllis Vandewater
Jessica Viner
Linde Wilson
Lydia Howarth & Nicholas Zeppos