On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Chicago Public Library and more than 750 guests recognized 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. National Public Radio host and critically acclaimed author Scott Simon lead an intimate discussion with Allende and Lewis.
Receiving the 21st Century Award, honoring significant recent achievement by a Chicago-area writer, was Grace Paley Prizewinner Christine Sneed (Little Known Facts, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry).
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 the Sandburg Awards Dinner raised $1.5 million dollars in support of the Chicago Public Library.
We generously thank the Presenting Sponsor of the Sandburg Awards Dinner, BMO Harris Bank.
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.