|The Associates of Saint Louis University
Libraries will award SLU alumnus Garry Wills the 2004 Saint
Louis Literary Award in a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
The Saint Louis Literary Award is bestowed annually on an
outstanding author based on his or her body of work.
is a distinguished historian and critic known for his exposes
on religion, history, and government. He has won numerous
awards including two National Book Awards, the 1998 National
Medal for the Humanities, and the Pulitzer Prize for Lincoln
at Gettysburg. Several of his works were New York Times
bestsellers. Mr. Wills is a regular contributor to the New
York Review of Books and an adjunct professor of history
at Northwestern University.
Wills’ next book will be published in November.
As recipient of the award, Wills joins a select group of
authors including Tennesee Williams, R. Buckminster Fuller,
Arthur Miller, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, Shelby Foote,
Stephen Jay Gould, and Joyce Carol Oates. Margaret Drabble
was the 2003 award recipient. The award has been given annually
since 1967. From 1967 to 1981, the award was known as the
Wilma and Roswell Messing, Jr. Award.
The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27,
in Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand. The ceremony is free
and open to the public. A dinner with the author will take
place immediately following the event. Proceeds from the
dinner benefit the Saint Louis University libraries. Advance
dinner reservations are required and can be made by calling
Saint Louis University Library Associates is a member-based
organization dedicated to recognizing literary excellence
and sustaining intellectual challenge in our community.
In addition to supporting Saint Louis University library
system, the Associates annually present the prestigious
Saint Louis Literary Award. For membership information,
call (314) 361-1414. (From
SLU Newslink October 25, 2004)