Sandburg Award Honors Stephen Sondheim

Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive this year's Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library.

The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner will feature Sondheim in conversation with NPR's Scott Simon on October 21 at The Forum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sondheim has made immense contributions to musical theater in a career spanning more than 50 years. His major works include West Side Story, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. Learn more about his creative process in his collections of lyrics, notes and more, Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made A Hat.

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.

Novelist Eric Charles May will receive the 21st Century Award. An associate professor in the fiction writing program at Columbia College, the Chicago native’s debut novel Bedrock Faith was published in 2014 to widespread acclaim.

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.