The Chicago Public Library Foundation‘s annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner honors incredible writers. This year’s honorees include biographer and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (author of bestselling biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedy family) and novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry (Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove, Brokeback Mountain screenplay). The 21st Century Award goes to Veronica Roth, whose Divergent trilogy has topped bestseller lists worldwide. The award salutes an early-career author with ties to Chicago. Ms. Roth, a graduate of Northwestern University, was raised in Barrington and currently resides in Chicago. A film adaptation of Divergent releases nationwide March 21, 2014.
“One of the things that makes Chicago great is the commitment of the business and philanthropic communities to create educational opportunities for all ages through our Library,” says Library Commissioner Brian Bannon. “I am truly grateful for the incredible support of the Chicago Public Library Foundation and its many dedicated donors for their work in helping to make the Chicago Public Library a national leader.”
Chairing this year’s event is Foundation Director Carlette McMullan, with Foundation Director Donna La Pietra producing the event, along with BMO Harris as the presenting sponsor. The Foundation is led by Board Chair Bob Wislow and President & CEO Rhona Frazin. Proceeds support innovative Foundation-sponsored Chicago Pubic Library literary and educational outreach initiatives, including the Summer Learning Challenge; One Book, One Chicago; Teacher in the Library and CyberNavigators. For more information on the awards dinner, visit cplfoundation.org or contact the Chicago Public Library Foundation at 312.201.9830 ext. 25.