Boston Public Library
Literary Lights – Past Years
Associates of the Boston Public Library

 

Literary Lights 2013
April 14th

The 25th annual Literary Lights dinner was on Sunday, April 14th at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, and started with a Reception at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 pm. The honorees were:

 

Literary Lights 2012
April 15th

The 24th annual Literary Lights dinner was on Sunday, April 15th at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, and started with a Reception at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 pm. The honorees were:

 

Literary Lights 2011
April 17th

The 23rd annual Literary Lights dinner was on Sunday, April 17th at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, and started with a Reception at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 pm.

 

Literary Lights 2010
April 18th

The 22nd annual Literary Lights dinner was on Sunday, April 18th at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, and started with a Reception at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 pm.

Nathaniel Philbrick Dan Chiasson Stona Fitch Jill Lepore
Nathaniel Philbrick
presented by
William Martin
Dan Chiasson
presented by
David Ferry
Stona Fitch
presented by
Gregory Maguire

Jill Lepore
presented by
John Demos

Jonathan Lethem Ben Mezrich Rory Stewart Elizabeth Strout
Jonathan Lethem
presented by
Erica Funkhouser
Ben Mezrich
presented by
Tony Horwitz
Rory Stewart
presented by
Christopher Lydon

Elizabeth Strout
presented by
Geraldine Brooks

 

Literary Lights 2009
April 19th

Watch Video HighlightsMoliere

The 2009 Literary Lights Dinner was held on Sunday, April 19 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The Associates is very pleased to announce that more than $200,000 was raised for conservation and special programming
at the Library. One conservation project already determined is the repair of a 9-volume set of Moliere's works
– in English and French – that John Adams took with him on his first trip to Paris. He used the volumes to teach himself French.

 

 

Literary Lights 2008
April 20th

Watch Video Highlights

The 2008 Literary Lights Dinner was a gala celebration of its 20th Anniversary of honoring New England authors!!
The exciting line-up of authors and presenters this year included 8 Pulitzer Prize winners and 2 National Book Award recipients.

 

The Rev. Professor
Peter J. Gomes
Geraldine Brooks
presented by
Julia Glass
Stephen L. Carter
presented by
Tom Perrotta
Frances FitzGerald
presented by
Philip Caputo
Richard Ford
presented by
Vivian Spiro
 
Tony Horwitz
was unable
to attend
P.J. O'Rourke
presented by
Nathan Glazer
Gordon S. Wood
presented by
Anthony Lewis
David Halberstam
honored in memoriam
by Thomas Patterson
 

 


Previous Years of Literary Lights

Keynote Speakers are highlighted. Earlier years include children's authors.

2007

2006

2005

2004

Roy Blount Jr. Philip Caputo David Gergen George Colt Stephen Pinker Amy Bloom Robert Pinsky T. Berry Brazelton
Robert Campbell Patricia Cornwell Anne Fadiman Stephen Greenblatt Ashley Bryan Noam Chomsky Michael Cunningham Barbara Delinsky
Niall Ferguson Julia Glass Galway Kinnell Robert Jay Lifton Jorie Graham Ada Louise Huxtable Diana Eck Michael Kelly
Chet Raymo Paula Vogel Gregory Maguire Megan Marshall Michael Ignatieff Bill McKibben Walter Lorraine Louis Menand
Franz Wright Bernard Margolis (special award) Mary McGarry Morris Haruki Murakami Claire Messud Edmund S. Morgan Susan Orlean Samantha Power
    Simon Winchester   Gunther Schuller James Wood Ruth Stone Christoph Wolff
 

2003

2002

2001

2000

Art Buchwald Anita Diamant Harold Bloom Leila Ahmed David McCullough Nicholson Baker Robert Reich Caroline Alexander
Andre Dubus III Atul Gawande Bernard Bailyn Herbert Bix Chris Bohjalian Philip Craig Daniel Bell Susan Cooper
Peter Guralnick Ha Jin Harvey Cox John Dower Anita Desai David Ferry Peter Davison Elizabeth Graver
Chris Kimball William Martin Alan Dugan Erica Funkhouser Nathan Glazer Jerome Groopman Dennis Lehane David Macauley
Thomas Moore David Allen Sibley Sue Hubbell Evan Hunter Kathryn Lasky Glenn C. Loury Michael Patrick MacDonald Katherine Paterson
John R. Stilgoe Rosanna Warren Jane Langton Michael McCurdy Nathaniel Philbrick Joy Williams Tom Perotta Tom Sleigh
        Howard Zinn   Kate Wheeler  
 

1999

1998

1997

1996

Robert Brustein Doug Bauer James Carroll Linda Barnes Daniel Aaron Ann Beattie Edward O.Wilson Elizabeth Berg
Robert Finch Marjorie Garber Jan Brett Marc Brown Samuel R. Delany Tomie dePaola Fox Butterfield Robert Cormier
Karen Hesse Wendy Kaminer Julia Child Laurent deBrunhoff Everett Fox Howard Gardner David Herbert Donald David Hackett Fisher
Ray Kurzweil David S. Landes Joseph J. Ellis Louise Gluck Peter J. Gomes Allegra Goodman Carol Gilligan Jonathan Harr
Brad Leithauser Reeve Lindbergh Arthur Golden Joan Hedrick Israel Horovitz Verlyn Klinkenborg Ward Just Julius Lester
Elinor Lipman Margot Livesey Pauline Maier Jay Parini Anthony Lewis Elizabeth McCracken Robert B. Parker Susan Power
Mary Jo Salter Vincent J. Scully Jr. Orlando Patterson Steven Pinker Dennis McFarland Mary Oliver Richard Russo Charles Simic
Anita Shreve   Christopher Ricks Phyllis Rose Frank J. Sulloway William Julius Wilson Ross Terrill Chris Van Allsburg
    Robert Stone   Robin Winks      
 

1995

1994

1993

1992

Dors Kearns Goodwin Russell Banks Saul Bellow Judy Blume George Plimpton Jay Cantor John Guare William Alfred
Sissela Bok John Demo Frank Conroy Jill Ker Conway Leslie Epstein A.R. Gurney Frank Bidart Sven Birkerts
Edward Hoagland Alan Lightman Susanna Kaysen Peter Kramer Donald Hall Jamaica Kincaid Henry Louis Gates Jr. John Hawkes
Lois Lowry Howard Norman William Littlefield Robert Manning Maxine Kumin Richard Rhodes Gish Jen Sue Quinn
Lloyd Schwartz Jane Shore Gail Mazur Tom Sleigh Christopher Tilghman   Margret Rey Simon Schama
Cornel West Edward O. Wilson Kate Wheeler       John Edgar Wideman  
 

1991

1990

1989

 

William Styron Walter Jackson Bate Seamus Heaney Aharon Appelfeld John Updike Anne Bernays    
Roger Angell Jack Beatty Robert Brustein Annie Dillard Roy Blount Jr. James Carroll    
Robert Coles Andre Dubus John Kenneth Galbraith Stephen Jay Gould Robin Cook Richard Goodwin    
Anne Lindbergh Jill McCorkle Henry Hampton George Higgins Doris Kearns Goodwin Alice Hoffman    
Susan Minot Tim O'Brien Tracy Kidder Robert Nozick Justin Kaplan Eric Kraft    
Noel Perrin Marge Piercy Robert D. Richardson Jr. Gjertrud Schnackenberg Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Robie Macauley    
Robert Pinsky John Spooner Samuel Shem   Alexandra Marshall Stephen McCauley    
Derek Walcott Geoffrey Wolff     David McCord Sue Miller    
        William Novak Pamela Painter    
        Jayne Ann Phillips David Riesman    
        Helen Vendler Dan Wakefield    
 
Keynote Speakers are highlighted.
 

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