The 27th annual Literary Lights is going to be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Boston Park Plaza. Please save the date! This annual black tie dinner is our opportunity to honor outstanding writers from the Northeast and celebrate their contributions to literature. We are currently in the progress of finalizing our line-up, which will be posted here shortly. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Associates of the Boston Public Library held its 26th annual Literary Lights on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. This annual black tie dinner honors outstanding writers from the Northeast and celebrates their contributions to literature. The 2014 honorees or "Literary Lights" were recognized for excellence in a wide variety of literary genres. Collectively, they have won dozens of major awards for their inspiring work. The honorees were:
Harvard professor, scholar, literary critic, and author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.
Presented by: Joseph Koerner
Poet, book reviewer, jazz and popular vocalist, and author of Picnic on the Moon and All Sins Forgiven.
Presented by: Dan Chiasson
Playwright, teacher, and author of Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, and Pride's Crossing.
Presented by: Lydia Diamond
Journalist and author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.
Presented by: Nathaniel Philbrick
Novelist and author of Last Night at the Lobster, Songs for the Missing, and The Odds.
Presented by: Joseph Finder
Short story writer and author of Binocular Vision, How to Fall, and Love Among Greats.
Presented by: Elinor Lipman
To purchase Literary Lights tickets, please contact the Associates office (at 617-536-3886) or purchase online:
In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of these six writers, the evening also served as the Associates’ key fundraising event to raise funds for The David McCullough Conservation 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 the BPL's Special Collections of books, manuscripts, works of art and historic documents.
The Associates have been honoring authors for the past 25 years at Literary Lights dinners. View a list of authors the Associates have honored over the years.
To find out more about this event and sponsorship opportunities, or to be added to the mailing list for next year's Literary Lights, please contact the Associates office at:
of the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116