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Gala Dinner 2017

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The 2017 Annual Gala: Stacy Schiff

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The Library is pleased to announce that Stacy Schiff, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, will be the guest of honor and principal speaker at 2017 Gala Dinner.

The dinner, the Library’s principal fundraising event of the year, will take place on Tuesday 23 May at the Automobile Club de France.

Schiff’s most recent book is the The Witches: Salem, 1692, about which historian David McCulloch says: “History in the hands of Stacy Schiff is invariably full of life, light, shadow, surprise, clarity of insight, and so it is again and then some in her latest work.” Patricia Cornwell writes: “The Witches is a must read for anyone intrigued by this baffling and horrifying chapter in America’s Puritan past. What Schiff uncovers is mesmerizing and shocking. Her meticulous research and lyrical writing lay bare an injustice that we should never forget–lest we repeat it.” Here is an interview with Schiff

Cleopatra: A Life was Schiff’s previous book, about which biographer Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) said: “Even if forced to at gunpoint, Stacy Schiff would be incapable of writing a dull page or a lame sentence. Here she trains her satirical eye and sterling erudition on Cleopatra, rescuing her from the shopworn myths that have encrusted her story from Plutarch to Shakespeare to Joseph L. Mankiewicz. … Cleopatra emerges as much more than the voluptuous seductress of legend and comes across as a shrewd, cunning, and highly competitive monarch who knew how to thrive in a Mediterranean world of savage politics.” 

Stacy Schiff, dubbed by Vanity Fair as “the hottest biographer in the block,” is also the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, a Pulitzer Prize finalist about the French aviator and writer; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français de l’Amérique. 

Born in 1961, Schiff is a graduate of Phillips Academy and Williams College. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications. 

For more information or for advance reservations to the Gala Dinner, please contact development manager Krista Faurie at the Library. 

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