2013 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards

The Chicago Public Library Foundation will host its 14th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner on Wednesday, October 23, at the UIC Forum. Co-chairs Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and Senior Vice President at Essex Investment Management Marcy Carlin will host over 600 guests at the dinner with the goal of raising over $1.5 million, which was raised at last year’s event.

This year’s honorees include Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits, Island Beneath the Sea), winner of Chile’s 2010 National Prize for Literature, and Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side; Liar’s Poker; Boomerang), bestselling nonfiction writer and journalist. Grace Paley Prizewinner Christine Sneed (Little Known Facts, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry) will receive the 21st Century Award, honoring significant recent achievement by a writer with ties to Chicago. Following dinner, Scott Simon, host of National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, will moderate a Q&A with the honorees.

“It is a privilege to present Carl Sandburg Literary Awards to Isabel Allende and Michael Lewis, whose acclaimed yet vastly different bodies of work have exposed countless readers across the world to the incomparable power of literature,” shares Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon. “To honor these writers’ enormous achievements while simultaneously celebrating Chicago’s rich literary community and supporting the Library’s innovative educational outreach initiatives makes the Sandburg Awards Dinner a truly extraordinary evening.”

Sponsorship packages for tables of eight guests and a celebrated author are available at $10,000, $15,000, $25,000 and $50,000 levels. Individual tickets are $1,000 and $2,500. Reservations are strictly limited. For information or to purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit cplfoundation.org or contact Niki Morrison at the Chicago Public Library Foundation at 312.201.9830 ext. 25 or nmorrison@cplfoundation.org.

BMO Harris is the Present Sponsor of the 2013 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner.

Proceeds support innovative Foundation-sponsored Chicago Pubic Library outreach programs, including the Summer Learning Challenge; One Book, One Chicago; Teacher in the Library and CyberNavigators.


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.