Tony Kushner is the 2012 St. Louis Literary Award Winner
The Board of the Library Associates of Saint Louis University is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012 Literary Award, Tony Kushner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, and three Obie Awards, in addition to numerous literary accolades.
Born in New York City in 1956, and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kushner is best known for his two-part epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydriotaphia, Homebody/ Kabul and Caroline or Change. In addition to his many collaborations on screenplays and translations, in 2009 he wrote the libretto for Brundibár, which was performed by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Kushner received the Arts Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Mid-Career Playwright, a Spirit of Justice Culture Award, and a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, among many others. Caroline or Change, produced in the autumn of 2006 at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, received the Evening Standard Award, the London Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best Musical.
In September 2008, Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest monetary theatre award in the U.S. He was also awarded the 2009 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement.
The 45th annual Literary Award will be presented on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Busch Student Center and will include an interview with Mr. Kushner. The Award and interview are free and open to the public. Following the ceremony, a private dinner will be held for members of the Library Associates. E-Invitation.
Dinner with Tony Kushner to benefit the libraries following the public event. Space is limited; reservations required by October 17th. For information and reservations contact Donna Neely at 314 977 3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The highlight of each year for the Associates, at least since 1967, has been the selection of the recipient and the presentation of the St. Louis Literary Award to a distinguished figure in literature. From 1967 until 1981, the award was known as the Messing Award in honor of Roswell and Wilma Messing, Jr., who provided the initial funding for the prize.
|Recipients of the Saint Louis Literary Award
|2011||Mario Vargas Llosa|
|2010||Don Delillo||1988||Joyce Carol Oates|
|2009||Salman Rushdie||1987||John Updike|
|2008||E. L. Doctorow||1986||Saul Bellow|
|2007||William H. Gass||1985||Walker Percy|
|2006||Michael Frayn||1984||No Recipient|
|2005||Richard Ford||1983||Eudora Welty|
|2004||Garry Wills||1982||William Styron|
|2003||Margaret Drabble||1981||James A. Michener|
|2002||Joan Didion||1980||Arthur Miller|
|2001||Simon Schama||1979||Howard Nemerov|
|2000||N. Scott Momaday||1978||Mortimer J. Adler|
|1999||Chinua Achebe||1977||Robert Penn Warren|
|1998||Seamus Heaney||1976||R. Buckminster Fuller|
|1997||Stephen E. Ambrose||1975||John Hope Franklin|
|1996||Antonia Fraser||1974||Tennessee Williams|
|1995||Edward Albee||1973||James T. Farrell|
|1994||Stephen Jay Gould||1972||Francis Warner|
|1993||David McCullough||1971||Barbara Tuchman|
|1992||Shelby Foote||1970||W. H. Auden|
|1991||August Wilson||1969||George Plimpton|
|1990||Tom Wolfe||1968||Jacques Barzun|
|1989||Richard Purdy Wilbur||1967||Henry Steele Commager|
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