Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner

Have you ever wanted to ask Stephen Sondheim about Sunday in the Park with George, or find out where Veronica Roth got the idea for Divergent? Have you ever been curious about how Mavis Staples got her start as a vocalist?  The answer to these and other curious questions can be found at the CARL SANDBURG LITERARY AWARDS DINNER, which raises funds for the Chicago Public Library Foundation and funds innovative programs at Chicago Public Library. The awards recognize literary and artistic achievements of established and emerging writers and artists.

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.

2016 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner Photos

Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner 2016


million was raised in 2016


people attended the 2016 Dinner


guest authors with ties to Chicago


of honorees since 2000