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Literary Lights

Associates of the Boston Public Library

The 28th annual Literary Lights is going to be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 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

The Associates of the Boston Public Library held its 27th annual Literary Lights on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. This annual black tie dinner honors outstanding writers from the Northeast and celebrates their contributions to literature. The 2015 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:


Niall Ferguson

Keynote Speaker

History professor, keynote speaker and author of The War of the World.

Presented by: David Gergen


Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Activist and author of Infidel.

Presented by: Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo

Investigative journalist and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

Presented by: Jill Ker Conway

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Philosopher and author of Plato at the Googleplex.

Presented by: Alan Lightman

Wendell And Florence Minor

Wendell And Florence Minor

Award-winning book cover artist, and husband and wife collaborators on children’s books.

Presented by: Mary Higgins Clark

Edith Pearlman

Amor Towles

Novelist and author of Rules of Civility.

Presented by:Claire Messud


In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of these six writers, the evening also raised funds for 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 26 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 paper invitation, or to find out about sponsorship opportunities. We can be reached at or (617) 536-3886. Thank you.

Associates of the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Phone: 617-536-3886