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Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner
 
 


Jim Tyree, Cheryl Mayberry McKissack

 



Chicago Public Library Foundation
and chicago public library Host Toni Morrison in Conversation with Oprah Winfrey at
the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner

Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.

 

Morrison’s Most Recent Novel, A Mercy, announced as the

Fall 2010 selection for One Book, One Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

CHICAGO — The Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation are honored to announce that Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison will appear in conversation with Oprah Winfrey at the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 20 at The Forum
(725 W. Roosevelt Road) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by an elegant dinner at 6:45 p.m.  The highly anticipated awards presentation and conversation kick off at 8 p.m.

 

Sponsorships for tables of ten begin at $10,000, and individual tickets are $1,000 or $2,500.  For more information or to purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships, contact Rebecca Spence, event coordinator at

(312) 201-9830 or rspence@cplfoundation.org.

 

Professor Morrison, one of the most provocative and respected novelists of our time, will receive the Carl Sandburg Literary Award which is presented each year to an author whose significant body of work has enhanced the public’s awareness of the written word. 

 

In addition to the presentation of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award to Toni Morrison, the 21st Century Award, honoring recent achievement in writing by an author with ties to Chicago, will be presented that evening to Northwestern University’s Eula Biss, winner of this year’s National Book Critics Circle award for criticism. 

 

Morrison is the author of nine novels and three children’s books.  Her novel Beloved was awarded the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and in 2006 was named by the New York Times Book Review as the best novel of the previous 25 years.  Winfrey produced and starred in the 1998 film based on the book.  Morrison became a professor at Princeton University in 1989 and in 1993 received the Nobel Prize in Literature, making her the first African American to be so honored.

 

Internationally known and admired, Oprah Winfrey is a true Chicago icon.  Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world.  As supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has entertained,  enlightened and uplifted millions of viewers for the past two decades. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.  And since launching Oprah’s Book Club in 1996, she has inspired millions to rediscover the joy of reading and helped countless authors to find an audience. 

 

Eula Biss teaches non-fiction writing at Northwestern University and is a founding editor of Essay Press.  Her recent book of essays Notes From No Man’s Land was honored as this year’s best work of literary criticism by the National Book Critics Circle. 

 

Past winners of the prestigious Carl Sandburg Literary Award include David McCullough, Robert Caro, Joyce Carol Oates, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, David Mamet, Nikki Giovanni, Tom Wolfe and Salman Rushdie.

 

Event Co-Chairs are Mesirow Financial Chairman Jim Tyree and
Cheryl Mayberry McKissack, President and CEO of Nia Enterprises.  Ms. McKissack is also a member of the Chicago Public Library Foundation Board.

 

Chicago Public Library recently announced that Toni Morrison’s most recent novel, A Mercy, will be the 19th selection for Chicago’s city-wide book club One Book, One Chicago.

 

A Mercy is set in the late 17th century, and tells the story of a young girl, Florens, as well as others on the Northeast American farm where she is a slave—Lina, a Native American woman who nurtures the orphaned Florens, the Anglo-Dutch landowner Jacob Vaark, his English wife Rebekka, an unstable and elusive slave named Sorrow, two white European indentured servants named Willard and Scully, and more. Morrison’s story provides an insightful look into a time when the burgeoning American economy was being built on the institution of slavery, but slavery was not yet defined by race. A Mercy is a rich and accurate portrait of this early American society, and the people who struggled to survive within it.

 

Ticket, Table and Sponsorship Information

 

Sponsorships for tables of ten begin at $10,000, and individual tickets are $1000 and $2500. Reservations are strictly limited.  For information or to purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit www.chicagopubliclibraryfoundation.org  or contact Rebecca Spence, event coordinator at (312) 201-9830 or rspence@cplfoundation.org.

 

About The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the
Chicago Public Library

 

The Chicago Public Library Foundation was founded in 1986 as a true public/private partnership with the City of Chicago to ensure the margin of excellence for Chicago’s outstanding Library.  Through the support of many civic-minded individuals, corporations and foundations, the Foundation provides on-going funding for collections and a variety of community-responsive programs include the Summer Reading Program, Teachers in the Library, CyberNavigators, and One Book, One Chicago.  In the past 24 years, the Foundation has provided more than $30 million in support to the Chicago’s Public Library. 

 

Since 1873, the Chicago Public Library has encouraged lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials,
programs and cutting-edge technology.
 

The Chicago Public Library is comprised of the Harold Washington Library Center, two regional libraries and more than 70 neighborhood branches.  All locations provide free access to a rich collection of books, DVDs, audio books and music; the Internet and WiFi; sophisticated research databases, many of which can be accessed from a home or office computer; newspapers and magazines; and continue to serve as cultural centers, presenting the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults.

The Harold Washington Library Center, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library and Conrad Sulzer Regional Library are open 7 days a week, the branch libraries are open 6 days a week and patrons can access all of the Library’s collections online 24 hours a day.  For more information, please visit the website at www.chicagopubliclibrary.org  or call the Chicago Public Library Press Office at (312) 747-4050.

 

Throughout its 137 year history, the Chicago Public Library has always encouraged Chicagoans of all ages to make reading a priority.  One Book, One Chicago began in the fall of 2001, to encourage all Chicagoans to read the same book at the same time, and discuss a great piece of literature with friends and neighbors.

 

 

 

To list an upcoming event please contact
joyce@blacktiemagazine.com

 
 

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