The 29th Annual Authors Guild Foundation Gala

Books Inspire Change 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 
7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT 

Join us as we celebrate authors and the power of literature to transform our society. This virtual gala will be free and open to the public, thanks to the support of our generous donors.

Our Distinguished Honorees
Louise Erdrich
Chris Jackson & One World

Ibram X. Kendi

Featuring Conversations with:
Rumaan Alam and Marie Arana

Samantha Bee

Special Guests
Isabel AllendeDavid BaldacciRita DoveIsaac FitzgeraldJohn GrishamPaula HawkinsGish Jen, Morgan JerkinsChristina Baker KlineJanet MockViet Thanh NguyenJason ReynoldsMargot Lee Shetterly, Gloria SteinemJia TolentinoAlice Wong, and Kao Kalia Yang.

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About our Honorees:

Louise Erdrich is the author of seventeen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. Photo credit: Hilary Abe.

Chris Jackson is the publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, an imprint of Random House. He’s the editor of a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Bryan Stevenson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Leovy, Trevor Noah, Karla Cornjeo-Villavicencio, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, Heather McGhee, Alicia Garza, Valarie Kaur, and Eddie Huang. His own writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Callaloo, The, and other outlets. He lives in New York. Photo credit: Ayana V. Jackson.

One World is an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher. The mission of One World is to provide a home for authors—novelists, essayists, memoirists, poets, journalists, thinkers, activists, and creative artists unconstrained by genre—who seek to challenge the status quo, subvert dominant narratives, and give us new language to understand our past, present, and future. Their growing list includes some of the most talented writers in the world, from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners to award-winning humanitarians and groundbreaking activists. One World writers represent voices from across the spectrum of humanity telling critical, universally important, and compelling stories about a changing world.

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and four #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky and Four Hundred Souls: A Community history of African America 1619-2019, edited with Keisha N. Blain. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Photo credit: Stephen Voss.

Hosted by:

Samantha Bee is the host of the Emmy Award-winning Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the first late-night satire show hosted by a woman. Previously, she was the longest-serving correspondent on The Daily Show, and she served as co-creator and executive producer of The Detour. She is the author of the essay collection I Know I Am, but What Are You? and has been featured in TIME 100: The Most Influential People. Most recently, Bee and Full Frontal launched the successful #MailedIt campaign to help save the United States Postal Service and also launched a podcast titled "Full Release."