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31st Annual Authors Guild Foundation Gala

Tuesday, May 9, 2023


6:30 pm Eastern

The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

Authors Guild Foundation 31st Annual Gala

The Authors Guild Foundation would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors, donors, and attendees who made the 31st Annual Authors Guild Foundation Gala, hosted by Roxane Gay and Debbie Millman, such an incredible success!

We were honored to gather with so many friends and colleagues at The Plaza to recognize and pay tribute to the evening’s inspiring honorees: Christopher Finan, the recipient of the Authors Guild Foundation Award for Defending Free Speech and Expression presented by Tracie D. Hall, Angie Thomas, the recipient of the Authors Guild Foundation Award for Literary Activism presented by Jason Reynolds, and Roxana Robinson, the recipient of the Authors Guild Foundation Preston Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community presented by Elizabeth Strout.

Thank you again to all who joined us in celebration of writers and the power of literature.

2023 Gala Committee

Christina Baker Kline, Committee Chair
Marie Arana
Mary Bly
Alexandra Enders
Lisa Gornick
Maya Shanbhag Lang 
Lisa Leshne
D.T. Max
Laura Pedersen
Hunter K. Runnette

Special thanks to our generous sponsors!

History Sponsor
Suzanne Collins & Charles Pryor

Novel Sponsors
HarperCollins Publishers
Diana Rowan Rockefeller
Writers House

Anthology Sponsors
Hachette Book Group
Meredith & Justin Lesher
Scholastic Inc.
Simon & Schuster

Biography Sponsors
Lee Child
Kauai Writers Conference
Macmillan Publishers
Laura Pedersen
Douglas & Christine Preston
The Nora Roberts Foundation
Hamilton Robinson, Jr. in honor of Roxana Robinson
Temple Hill Entertainment
Word of Mouth
Zibby Books