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Monday, April 17, 2017
Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers to receive Sandburg Award Oct. 11 (Chicago,IL)
2017 CARL SANDBURG LITERARY AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED TO MARGARET ATWOOD AND DAVE EGGERS AT OCTOBER 11 DINNER
Journalist and Author Natalie Moore to Receive 21st Century Award
The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library today announced that the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards will be presented to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “MaddAddam” trilogy, “The Blind Assassin”) and Dave Eggers (”A
Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”, “Zeitoun,” “The Circle.”) The
two critically hailed authors will be celebrated at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, beginning at 6 p.m., at The Forum (725 W.
Roosevelt Road) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
For photos of the honorees or a downloadable press release, click here.
In keeping with the event’s tradition, one of 80 celebrated writers
with ties to Chicago will be seated at each table, giving each attendee
the opportunity to discuss the author’s work and creative process over
Receiving the 21st Century Award for outstanding recent achievement will be Natalie Y. Moore,
who has worked at WBEZ since 2007, covering segregation and
inequality. She is the author of several books, including “The South
Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation,” winner of the
2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best
nonfiction book of 2016.
“In the past, we have presented Sandburg awards in two categories: fiction and non-fiction,” said Dinner Co-Chair Jacqueline Griesdorn.
“This year’s authors have written significant works that fall into
both categories. It will be fascinating to hear how these gifted
authors approach the two styles of writing.”
The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner is an annual
fundraising dinner produced by the Chicago Public Library Foundation and
Chicago Public Library to raise funds to support key learning
initiatives in all 80 Chicago Public Library locations. Leading the
producing team is Foundation Director Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis has
serves as the event host. The evening’s highlight is an intimate
onstage conversation with the two Sandburg Award-honorees moderated by
author and National Public Radio host Scott Simon, discussing the author’s creative process and inspirations. The co-chairs are Jacqueline Griesdorn and Graham C. Grady, a partner at the Taft law firm.
The Carl Sandburg Literary Award celebrates a writer’s
collective body of work. Many of the world’s most important authors
have been recognized with the prize, which is regarded as one of the
nation’s most prestigious literary prizes. The annual celebration is one
of the highlights of Chicago’s social calendar, was hailed as “the
smartest event in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business and attracts
nearly 800 members of Chicago’s civic and cultural communities.
Past winners of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award are Erik Larson, Scott Turow, Alice Walker, Stephen Sondheim, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mavis Staples, Larry McMurtry, Michael Lewis, Isabel Allende, Don DeLillo, Walter Isaacson, Roger Ebert, Toni Morrison, David McCullough, Robert Caro, Joyce Carol Oates, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, David Mamet, Nikki Giovanni, Tom Wolfe and Salman Rushdie.
The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner provides funds to support key
learning initiatives of Chicago Public Library. Each year, for the past
four years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for innovative
services for children, adults and families at the library; in 2016, a
record-breaking $1.75 million was raised. The dinner provided major
support for the Summer Learning Challenge, One Book, One Chicago, YOUmedia, Teachers in the Library and CyberNavigators. The Foundation is led by Board Chair Bob Wislow of CBRE Chicago and Foundation President & CEO Rhona Frazin.
“Without the support provided by the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards
Dinner, Chicago Public Library’s ability to provide some of our most
innovative free programming to Chicagoans in all areas of the city would
be significantly curtailed,” said Library Commissioner Brian Bannon.
“The funds provided by the attendees of the Carl Sandburg Literary
Awards dinner leverage City support and provide a wide array of our
finest programs, which has earned us recognition as one of the most
forward-thinking, effective library systems in the world.”
Sponsorship packages for tables of eight guests and a celebrated author
are available at $100,000, $50,000, $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000
levels. Individual tickets are $1,000 and $2,500. Reservations are
strictly limited. For information or to purchase tickets, tables or
sponsorships, visit cplfoundation.org or contact Samantha Courter at the
Chicago Public Library Foundation at (312) 201-9830 x 25 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BMO Harris Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Carl Sandburg
Literary Awards Dinner. Lead sponsors include Rolex and Advanced
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 innovative
programs and collections that inspire curiosity, including the Summer
Learning Challenge, Teacher in the Library, CyberNavigators, YOUmedia
and One Book, One Chicago. In the past 30 years, the Foundation has
provided more than $80 million in support to the Chicago Public
Since 1873, Chicago Public Library (CPL) has
encouraged lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal
access to information, entertainment and knowledge through innovative
services and programs, as well as cutting-edge technology. Through its
80 locations, the Library provides free access to a rich collection of
materials, both physical and digital, and presents the highest quality
author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and
adults. CPL received the Social Innovator Award from Chicago Innovation
Awards; won a National Medal for Library Services from the Institute for
Museum and Library Services; was named the first-ever winner of the
National Summer Learning Association’s Founder’s Award in recognition of
its Summer Learning Challenge; and was ranked number one in the U.S.,
and third in the world by an international study of major urban
libraries conducted by the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf in
Germany. For more information, please call (312) 747-4050 or visit
About the Honorees
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of
fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her most recent books include the
novel “The Heart Goes Last,” a collection of short stories entitled
“Stone Mattress: Nine Tales” and a volume of poetry, “The Door. Her
“MaddAddam” trilogy currently being adapted for HBO, is comprised of
three books – the Giller and Booker prize-nominated “Oryx and Crake,”
“The Year of the Flood,” and “MaddAddam.” Other recent books include the
non-fiction works “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth” and
“In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination.” Other acclaimed books
include “The Blind Assassin,” winner of the Booker Prize, “Alias Grace,”
which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy
and “The Robber Bride,” “Cat’s Eye,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (which
has returned to the best sellers list and is being filmed as a TV series
with MGM and Hulu). Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Dave Eggers is a native of the Chicago area. He is
the author of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” a finalist
for the Pulitzer Prize, ‘What is the What,” winner of France’s Prix
Medici and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award,
“Zeitoun,” winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the American
Book Award, “A Hologram for the King,” finalist for the National Book
Award, and more recently “The Circle,” now a film starring Emma Watson
and Tom Hanks, and” Heroes of the Frontier.” He is a member of the
American Academy of Arts and Letters and served on President Obama’s
Advisory Committee on the Arts. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an
independent publishing company based in San Francisco. In 2005, Eggers
co-founded Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral
history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the
co-founder of 826 National, a network of seven writing and tutoring
centers around the country. In 2008, he was awarded the TED Prize for
his work in education. He is also the founder of ScholarMatch, a
nonprofit organization that connects students with resources, colleges
and donors to make higher education possible for low-income students,
and produced the documentary “American Teacher.” Eggers has written or
co-written film screenplays including “Where the Wild Things Are: and
“Away We Go.” Also a painter, his artwork has been seen in museums and
galleries, and a book of his artwork is forthcoming from Abrams.
Natalie Y. Moore is WBEZ's South Side Reporter where
she covers segregation and inequality. Her enterprise reporting has
tackled race, economic development, food injustice and violence.
Moore’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s
Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She is the
author of “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American
Segregation,” winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for
nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016, as well as “The
Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an
American Gang” and “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black
Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.” She writes a monthly column
for the Chicago Sun-Times, and has been published in Essence, Ebony, the
Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New
York Times, Washington Post and the Guardian. She is a 2010 recipient of the Studs Terkel Community Media Award for reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.