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32nd Annual Authors Guild Foundation Gala

Thursday, May 30, 2024


6:00 pm Eastern

Pier Sixty, 60 Chelsea Piers, New York, New York

Thank you to everyone who attended the 32nd Authors Guild Foundation Gala! It was an inspiring evening dedicated to celebrating the written word and honoring the remarkable contributions of our honorees. Your presence and support made the night truly memorable.

32nd Annual Authors Guild Foundation Gala

If you feel moved by the evening’s honorees and the vital work of the Authors Guild Foundation, please consider making a donation. In an era marked by book banning and artificial intelligence, many authors are struggling to navigate the changing industry and earn a living. The Authors Guild and Foundation are at the forefront of the fight to safeguard the rights of authors. Your generosity helps us continue to champion the voices of writers everywhere.

2024 Honorees

W. Paul Coates and Black Classic Press
Publisher Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community
presented by Walter Mosley

Suzette Baker
Champion of Writers Award

presented by George M. Johnson

Heather Cox Richardson
Baldacci Award for Literary Activism
presented by Ken Burns

Jesmyn Ward
Preston Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community
presented by LeVar Burton

Special thanks to our generous sponsors!

History Sponsor
Suzanne Collins & Charles Pryor

Novel Sponsors
HarperCollins Publishers

Anthology Sponsors
Hachette Book Group
Penguin Random House
Scholastic Inc.
Simon & Schuster
The Lesher Family Foundation

Biography Sponsors
Amazon Literary Partnership
Marie Arana & Jonathan Yardley
Authors Equity
Kauai Writers Conference
Friends & Fiction
Taryn & Mark Leavitt
Leon Levy Foundation
Macmillan Publishers
Katherine Neville
Susanna Porter & James Clark
Douglas & Christine Preston
Roxana & Hamilton Robinson
Susie Orman Schnall & Samantha Greene Woodruff
Karyn Schoenbart & ViralMoment
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
R.L. & Jane Stine

After party sponsored by Spotify

2024 Gala Committee Members

Christina Baker Kline, Committee Chair
Marie Arana
Karen Brailsford
Karen Duffy
Lucy Ferriss
Patti Callahan Henry
Taryn Leavitt
Lisa Leshne
Steph Opitz
Chris Pavone
Susanna Porter
Roxana Robinson
Hunter K. Runnette
Ben Sevier