Literary Lights is an annual black tie dinner event, honoring outstanding writers from the Northeast and celebrating their exceptional contributions to literature and in support for the written word. The 28th annual Literary Lights will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Boston Park Plaza.
We are thrilled to honor the following authors as 2016 Literary Lights:
Presented by: The Honorable Margaret Marshall
Michael Sandel, is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches political philosophy. He has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher,” a “rock-star moralist,” (Newsweek) “the man who is currently the most effective communicator of ideas in English” (Guardian) and “the most popular professor in the world.” (Die Zeit) His newest book, questioning the role of money and markets in our society, is What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.
Presented by: Tom Perrotta
Roz Chast is one of The New Yorker's most popular cartoonists, known for depicting anxieties, insecurities and neuroses. She has illustrated several children’s books, contributed to many humor collections, lectured widely, and in 2012 was awarded the N.Y.C. Literary Honor in Humor by Mayor Bloomberg. Her most recent book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (2014), is a best-selling graphic memoir that narrates her experience of losing her elderly parents in middle age.
Presented by: Stona Fitch
Tess Gerritsen is an internationally best-selling author and retired physician, widely known for her series featuring Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and coroner Maura Isles (now a popular television series). Dubbed the “medical suspense queen” by Publisher Weekly, she has won numerous awards for her work including the Nero Wolfe Award and the Rita Award. Her novels have been praised as “scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail) and “pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Her newest novel is the supernatural thriller, Playing With Fire.
Presented by: Bill Littlefield
Charles Pierce is a celebrated journalist, well-known for his chronicling of sports in America. He has been named a finalist for the Associated Press Sports Editor’s award for best column writing on many occasions; his work is frequently recognized in Best American Sportswriting; and his writing has been anthologized in Sports Guy: In Search of Corkball, Warroad Hockey, Hooters Golf, Tiger Woods, and the Big, Big Game. In addition to writing for the on-line sports magazine Grantland, he is currently the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog. He appears regularly on the NPR’s sports program Only A Game, the Stephanie Miller Show, and is a frequent panelist on Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me. He has written four books, including Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free.
Presented by: Simon Winchester
Stacy Schiff is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the acclaimed biography Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). Her other works include her debut novel, Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize; and the national best-seller Cleopatra: A Life. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Schiff has also written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. Her latest book, The Witches, delves into the mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials.
In addition to celebrating outstanding authors, proceeds from Literary Lights support 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 27 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 mailed invitation, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 536-3886. Thank you.
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