Literary Award

Public Lecture

This year, we are proud to honor Colson Whitehead. Whitehead is the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning, National Book Award winning, and New York Times bestselling author of The Nickel Boys, The Underground Railroad (now a televised miniseries on Amazon,) and upcoming Harlem Shuffle.

Important Note

Your safety is the most important thing to us. We are working closely with Meharry Medical College as our Health & Safety Partner to make decisions that put your health first. Right now, this looks like reducing the capacity of our in-person events. In addition, the author is requiring that all persons attending this event must be masked and show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test from a health entity for COVID-19.

The Public Lecture will be streamed on Facebook Live to ensure the entire community can access this amazing event. We will keep you up to date on Meharry’s recommendations, which may include additional safety precautions, as we get closer to the event. As always, thank you and we look forward to celebrating with you soon.

This year, we are proud to honor Colson Whitehead. Whitehead is the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning, National Book Award winning, and New York Times bestselling author of The Nickel Boys, The Underground Railroad (now a televised miniseries on Amazon,) and upcoming Harlem Shuffle.

Important Note

Your safety is the most important thing to us. We are working closely with Meharry Medical College as our Health & Safety Partner to make decisions that put your health first. Right now, this looks like reducing the capacity of our in-person events. In addition, the author is requiring that all persons attending this event must be masked and show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test from a health entity for COVID-19.

The Public Lecture will be streamed on Facebook Live to ensure the entire community can access this amazing event. We will keep you up to date on Meharry’s recommendations, which may include additional safety precautions, as we get closer to the event. As always, thank you and we look forward to celebrating with you soon.

Nashville Reads Teen Writing Contest

Calling all high school juniors and seniors! Nashville Public Library would like to invite you to participate in a writing contest that could earn you a $300 Amazon gift card, an exclusive opportunity to meet Colson Whitehead, and a signed copy of his latest book release Harlem Shuffle! Check out the Nashville Reads website to learn more.

About Our Honoree

This year, we are proud to honor Colson Whitehead. Whitehead is the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning, National Book Award winning, and New York Times bestselling author of The Nickel Boys, The Underground Railroad (now a televised miniseries on Amazon,)The Noble HustleZone OneSag HarborThe IntiutionistJohn Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications and he’s taught at multiple post secondary institutions including Columbia University and Princeton University.

 

About the Public Lecture

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. The free Public Lecture offers the opportunity for the entire community to come together in celebration.