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Illumine 2016 Top 2

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Tim Obrien   Don Tate  Amy Gentry 

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FICTION Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato. In 2005, The Things They Carried was named by the The New York Times as one of the twenty-two best books of the last quarter century. It received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The French edition of The Things They Carried received one of France’s most prestigious literary awards, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. The title story from The Things They Carried received the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In the Lake of the Woods, published in 1994, was chosen by Time magazine as the best novel of that year. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times. In 2010, O’Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a distinguished lifetime body of work. In November 2012, O’Brien received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. In 2013, O’Brien received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Pritzker Military Library. O’Brien’s short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, Harper’s, and numerous editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories. His novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

 

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE Don Tate

Don Tate is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children including Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Charlesbridge, 2015); The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans, 2015) and The Cart That Carried Martin (Charlesbridge). Tate is also the author of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2102), and author and illustrator of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree, 2015). Both books are Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners. His forthcoming Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth, which he wrote and illustrated, will be released by Charlesbridge in 2017. Don is a founding host of the Brown Bookshelf, a blog dedicated to books for young African American readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks organization, created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. He lives in Austin with his family. Don Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. A few of the books he's illustrated include Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Charlesbridge; 2015); The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans, 2015); The Cart That Carried Martin, (Charlesbridge). He is also the author of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2102), and the author and illustrator of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree, 2015). Both books are Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners. His most recent title includes the forthcoming Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Begame The Strongest Man on Earth, in which he wrote and illustrated, (Charlebridge, 2017). Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf –a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks organization, created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. He lives in Austin with his family.

 

FIRST BOOK Amy Gentry

Amy Gentry is the author of the debut thriller Good as Gone, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016 and scheduled for release in 17 countries worldwide. She is a regularly contributor of book reviews for the Chicago Tribune; her freelance writing on books and culture has also appeared in Salon, Fusion, Electric LiteratureThe RumpusLA Review of Books, Austin Chronicle, and Gastronomica, among others. Amy holds a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago and lives in Austin, Texas. Her book of music criticism on the Tori Amos album BOYS FOR PELE is forthcoming in 2017 from Bloomsbury Press as part of the 33 1/3 series, and she is currently at work on her second novel.

 

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The Library Foundation is pleased to honor Google, Inc. and Google Fiber for their generous support of the Austin Public Library’s digital inclusion programs and other technology initiatives, including video-conferencing technology in twelve community meeting rooms at the New Central Library and seven different branch libraries. 

 

 

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Past Honorees


Illumine 2015 Honorees

Songwriting: Sara Hickman 
Presented by: Michael Blair
Poetry: Dean Young
Presented by: Chris Mink
Luminary Award:
Forrest Preece
Presented by: Sarah Bird
Nonfiction: H.W. Brands
Presented by: Stephen Harrigan
Forrest Preece Young Authors Awards: 
Ava Masterson and Helen Huang  

Illumine 2013 Honorees

Fiction: Stephen Harrigan
Presented by: Elizabeth Crook 
Non-Fiction:
 Steven Weinberg
Presented by: Gregory Curtis
Young Adult Literature: 
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Presented by: Mark Mitchell
Luminary Award: 
Carmel Borders
Presented by: Jeanne Klein 

Illumine 2011 Honorees

Fiction: Dagoberto Gilb
Presented by: David Garza 
Non-Fiction: Gregory Curtis
Presented by: Jake Silverstein
Emerging Author: Carrie Fountain
Presented by: James Magnuson
Songwriting: Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Presented by: Ross Ramsey
Luminary Award: 
Marc Winkelman
Presented by: Joseph Skibell

 

Illumine 2014 Honorees

Fiction: James Magnuson
Presented by: Sarah Bird
Nonfiction: Lawrence Wright
Presented by: Stephen Harrigan
Emerging Author: Kelly Luce
Presented by: Callie Collins
Luminary Award: 
Brad and Michele Moore
Presented by: Dave Hamrick
Forrest Preece Young Authors Awards: 
Brandee Benson and Jenna Hoover

Illumine 2012 Honorees

Fiction: Sarah Bird 
Presented by: Michael Adams
Nonfiction: Douglas Brinkley 
Presented by: Tom Staley
Children's Literature: 
Liz Garton Scanlon
Presented by: Lymon Grant   
Songwriting: Joe Ely 
Presented by: Turk Pipkin 
Luminary Award: 
Darryl Tocker 
Presented by: Pat Smith 



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