On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library will recognize internationally celebrated author Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits, City of the Beasts) and bestselling nonfiction author and journalist Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side, Liars Poker and Boomerang) with the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.
Receiving the 21st Century Award, honoring significant recent achievement by a Chicago-area writer, is Grace Paley Prizewinner Christine Sneed (Little Known Facts, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry).
The 13th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner takes place at The Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
National Public Radio host and critically acclaimed author Scott Simon will lead an intimate discussion with Allende and Lewis.
To highlight Chicago’s vibrant, diverse literary community, a prominent writer with ties to the city will be seated at each table, engaging guests from Chicago’s business, civic and cultural communities in lively and thought-provoking conversation.
This year's Dinner is co-chaired by Tom Ricketts, Chairman of the Chicago Cubs and Marcy Carlin, a Foundation board member and Senior Vice President of Essex Investment Management.
BMO Harris Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner.
The Carl Sandburg Literary Award is presented annually to an acclaimed author in recognition of outstanding contributions to the literary world and honors a significant work or body of work that has enhanced the public's awareness of the written word.
The 21st Century Award honors significant recent achievement in writing by a Chicago-based author. In presenting this award, the Foundation's Directors hope to encourage the creation of new works and increase public awareness of the writer's talents.