Carl Sandburg Literary Awards

These awards are presented by the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Proceeds from the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner support innovative and life-enriching programs at the Chicago Public Library. The Carl Sandburg Literary Award honors an author whose significant body of work has enhanced the public's awareness of the written word. The 21st Century Award honors an early-career author with ties to Chicago.

2014

Larry McMurtry (Carl Sandburg Literary Award - Fiction)

Doris Kearns Goodwin (Carl Sandburg Literary Award - Nonfiction)

Veronica Roth (21st Century Award)

Mavis Staples (Carl Sandburg Award in the Arts)

2013

Isabel Allende (Carl Sandburg Literary Award - Fiction)

Michael Lewis (Carl Sandburg Literary Award - Nonfiction)

Christine Sneed  (21st Century Award)

2012

Don DeLillo (Carl Sandburg Literary Award - Fiction)

Walter Isaacson (Carl Sandburg Literary Award - Nonfiction)

Nami Mun (21st Century Award)

2011

Roger Ebert (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Rebecca Skloot (21st Century Award)

2010

Toni Morrison (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Eula Biss (21st Century Award)

2009

Salman Rushdie (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Patrick Somerville (21st Century Award)

2008

Tom Wolfe (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Theresa Schwegel (21st Century Award)

2007

Nikki Giovanni (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Sara Gruen (21st Century Award)

2006

David Mamet (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Blue Balliett (21st Century Award)

2005

John Updike (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Tracy Letts (21st Century Award)

2004

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Audrey Niffenegger (21st Century Award)

2003

Robert A. Caro (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Elizabeth Crane (21st Century Award)

2002

Joyce Carol Oates (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Richard Cohen (21st Century Award)

2001

Kurt Vonnegut (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Jeffery Renard Allen (21st Century Award)

2000

David McCullough (Carl Sandburg Literary Award)

Aleksandar Hemon (21st Century Award)

 

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