Boston Public Library
Literary Lights
Associates of the Boston Public Library


The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to invite you to the 27th annual Literary Lights dinner – a black tie event honoring distinguished writers from the Northeast and their contributions to literature. This year’s author honorees, or “Literary Lights,” are recognized for excellence in a wide variety of literary genres. Collectively, they have won dozens of major awards for their inspiring work. The event will take place on Sunday, April 12th, 2015 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, starting with a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 pm.

This year's Literary Lights are:


Niall Ferguson

Keynote Speaker

History professor, keynote speaker and author of The War of the World.

Presented by: David Gergen


Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Activist and author of Infidel.

Presented by: Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo

Investigative journalist and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

Presented by: Jill Ker Conway

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Philosopher and author of Plato at the Googleplex.

Presented by: Alan Lightman

Wendell And Florence Minor

Wendell And Florence Minor

Award-winning book cover artist, and husband and wife collaborators on children’s books.

Presented by: Mary Higgins Clark

Edith Pearlman

Amor Towles

Novelist and author of Rules of Civility.

Presented by:Claire Messud


To purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite (or send a check in the mail to the address below):

Eventbrite - Literary Lights 2015


In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of these six writers, the evening also raises money for the David McCullough Conservation Fund, William O. Taylor Art Preservation Fund, Associates Endowment Fund, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library's operations. The Associates created the McCullough Fund in 2001 to provide a consistent source of funding for the conservation and preservation of rare books, manuscripts, works of art and historic documents in the BPL's Special Collections.

The Associates have been honoring authors for the past 26 years at Literary Lights dinners. View a list of authors the Associates have honored over the years.

Please contact the Associates’ Office with any questions, to request a paper invitation, or to find out about sponsorship opportunities. We can be reached at or (617) 536-3886. Thank you.

Associates of the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Phone: 617-536-3886