Authors Margaret Atwood and Dave Eggers will receive the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library. Natalie Y. Moore will receive the 21st Century Award.
The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner will honor the authors Wednesday, October 11 at The Forum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Eggers, a Chicago area native, is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What Is the What and Zeitoun, among other titles. The film adaptation of his novel The Circle premieres this month.
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.
21st Century Award
WBEZ reporter Moore is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, which won the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and was named a 2016 Best of the Best pick by Chicago Public Library.
The 21st Century Award honors significant recent achievement in writing by a Chicago-based author. In presenting this award, the Foundation hopes to encourage the creation of new works and increase public awareness of the writer's talents.