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CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) The Chicago Public Library (CPL) will host more than 65 noted authors at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards (CSLA) Dinner Wedensday, Oct. 17. All authors, who are either Chicagoans or have ties to Chicago, will join the evening’s CSLA winners Don DeLillo (Underworld, Cosmopolis) and Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs) and 21st Century Award Winner Nami Mun (Miles from Nowhere) for dinner and an intimate discussion led by National Public Radio (NPR) host and author Scott Simon at The Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Rd.) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“To be in a room with more than 65 noted authors, all of whom have contributed mightily to Chicago’s literary legacy, is a truly impressive experience,” said Rhona Frazin, President and CEO of the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” and author of five works of fiction and non-fiction, including Pretty Birds (2005) and Windy City: A Novel of Politics (2008), Chicago native Scott Simon will engage honorees Don DeLillo and Walter Isaacson in a discussion about their works and careers. The celebratory evening, co-chaired by Trisha Rooney Alden and Michael Sacks and produced by Donna LaPietra, begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by an elegant dinner at 6:45 p.m.

Prominent authors with ties to Chicago will be seated at each table and engage guests from the city’s business, civic and cultural communities in lively and thought-provoking conversation. Authors include Edgar Award winners and past Carl Sandburg 21st Century Award honorees Blue Balliett (Chasing Vermeer) and Theresa Schwegel (Officer Down); One Book, One Chicago author Stuart Dybek; New York Times best-selling novelist and Chicago Magazine sports columnist Jonathan Eig (Luckiest Man, Opening Day); Young Adult fiction author Kat Falls; Cartoonist Nicole Hollander; celebrated broadcasters Lee Phillip Bell, Bill Kurtis, Rick Kogan and Walter Jacobson; Pulitzer-Prize finalist for fiction Ward Just (Unfinished Season); Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park); master sommelier and host of Check Please Alpana Singh; world-renowned photographer Victor Skrebneski, Sen. Adalai Stevenson III and bestselling authors Scott Turow, Aleksander Hemon, Sara Paretsky and Gillian Flynn.

This evening is the only major fundraising event of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and proceeds support innovative Library programs including One Book, One Chicago, the Family Summer Reading Program, Teachers in the Library, Cyber Navigator computer tutors and innovative teen and early learning initiatives.

About Scott Simon

Scott Simon is the host of National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon and author of several books including Pretty Birds and Windy City. His book, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, was Barnes and Noble’s Sports Book of the Year. Simon’s personal memoir, Home and Away, reached the top of several non-fiction bestseller lists. Simon has also contributed articles to the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. In addition to his career as an author, Simon has hosted many television specials such as PBS’s State of Mind, Voices of Vision and the national Emmy-winning program, The Paterson Project. He is the recipient of numerous broadcasting awards including the Peabody, the Emmy and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

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