Annual Dinner

In Celebration of Writers

Each year, Poets & Writers gathers people from every aspect of the book business—authors, editors, agents, publishers, designers, printers, paper companies, booksellers, and more—to celebrate the enormous contributions that writers make to our culture. The annual dinner, called In Celebration of Writers, is attended by luminaries in the arts, publishing, and media. It is the organization’s most important annual fundraising event, making our programs and resources for creative writers possible.

The 2018 annual dinner was held on March 28 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. The Benefit Chair was Richard Robinson, CEO and President of Scholastic.

The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards, which annually honor writers who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community, were presented to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Steve Cannon, and Richard Russo. The Editor’s Award, which recognizes book editors who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the publication of poetry or literary prose, was presented to Rebecca Saletan of Riverhead Books, a Penguin Random House imprint.

Read the Press Release

More About the 2018 Honorees

Read remarks by Rebecca Saletan, 2018 Editor's Award recipient

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Honorees Richard Russo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Steve Cannon, Rebecca Saletan at the 2018 Annual Dinner. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)

Rebecca Saletan and Masha Gessen at the 2018 Annual Dinner. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)

Richard Russo, Susan Isaacs at the 2018 Annual Dinner. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)

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