Literary Lights

Presented by the Associates of the Boston Public Library

The Associates of the Boston Public Library will be holding the 30th annual Literary Lights dinner on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Boston Park Plaza. Please save the date! This annual black tie event is our opportunity to honor outstanding writers from the Northeast and to celebrate their contributions to literature. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the Associates office at: associates@bpl.org.

Due to overwhelming popular demand, tickets are now sold out. To be added to our waitlist, please contact the Associates office at (617) 536-3886.

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We are pleased to announce the 2018 Literary Lights lineup:

Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes

Presented by Rebecca Eaton

Julian Fellowes is a multi-award-winning writer, director, producer and actor. As creator, sole writer and executive producer of the hit television series Downton Abbey, Fellowes has won three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. Fellowes received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Gosford Park (2002). His work was also honored by the Writer’s Guild of America, the New York Film Critics’ Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Screenplay. Other writing credits for film include Piccadilly Jim (2004), Vanity Fair (2004), Young Victoria (2009), The Tourist (2010), Romeo & Juliet (2013) and the upcoming The Chaperone and for television the four-hour miniseries Titanic and Doctor Thorne. Fellowes also wrote and directed the award-winning films Separate Lies and From Time to Time. Fellowes wrote the books for the Tony-nominated stage production of Mary Poppins and for School of Rock: The Musical which opened on Broadway in December 2015, and was written and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Fellowes has authored three international bestselling novels: Snobs (2005), Past Imperfect (2008), and most recently, Belgravia (2016). Educated at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Fellowes was given a peerage in 2011 and entered the House of Lords as the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford. He lives in Dorset and London with his wife, Emma. They have a son, Peregrine.

André Aciman

André Aciman

Presented by Alice Hoffman

André Aciman is an awarding-winning novelist. Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, he is currently a distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, where he teaches the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust. Aciman is the author of several novels, including Call Me by Your Name, which won a 2007 Lambda Literary Award, and was recently made into a highly-acclaimed film. His 1995 memoir, Out of Egypt, won a Whiting Award. He is also the author of two collections of essays, False Papers and Alibis and is the editor of The Proust Project. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Paris Review, as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays.

Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer

Presented by David Greenway

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led The Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for The New York Times, with extended postings as bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. After leaving the Times in 2005, Kinzer taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe. Kinzer is also the author of numerous books including Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, and his most recent, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire.

Jane Mayer

Jane Mayer

Presented by Stacy Schiff

Jane Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three bestselling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books. She co-authored Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984–1988, with Doyle McManus, and Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, with Jill Abramson, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, was named one of The New York Times’s Top 10 Books of the Year and won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Goldsmith Book Prize, the Edward Weintal Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. For her reporting at The New Yorker, Mayer has been awarded the John Chancellor Award, the George Polk Award, the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, and the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence presented by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard.

Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

Presented by Gregory Maguire

Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including the bestselling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. That book was turned into an Academy Award–winning film, Hugo, by Martin Scorsese. Another of Selznick’s books, Wonderstruck, was made into a film that recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Selznick is also the illustrator of many books for children, including Frindle and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, as well as the Doll People trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book.

   

In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of these outstanding writers, proceeds from Literary Lights support 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 books, manuscripts, works of art and historic documents in the BPL's Special Collections.

The Associates have been honoring authors for the past 30 years at Literary Lights dinners. View a list of authors the Associates have honored over the years.

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