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In Celebration of Writers


The Numbers Behind
the Poets & Writers
Number of years
the benefit has
been held: 20
Number of guests
at this year’s
dinner: 388
Number of authors
who served
as table hosts: 37
Number of additional
guests at the
after party: 145+
Dollars raised:

Clockwise: Honoree Pat Strachan, P&W executive director Elliot Figman, honorees Junot Díaz and Maxine Hong Kingston, dinner chair John Makinson, P&W founder Galen Williams, and honoree M. L. Liebler;  Karin Grafstrom, a member of the P&W board of directors, with author Tom Wolfe; after party hosts Sapphire and Nick Flynn offer a toast to “forty more years” of P&W; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her husband, Ivara Esege; John Makinson, author Sue Monk Kidd and her husband, Sandy Kidd.
Credit: Christopher Smith

On March 18, nearly four hundred writers, publishers, editors, agents, and other members of the literary community attended the annual Poets & Writers benefit dinner at Capitale in New York City. As part of the evening's program, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award was presented to three writers—Junot Díaz, Maxine Hong Kingston, and M. L. Liebler—for their work on behalf of other writers. In addition, the second annual Editor's Award was given to Pat Strachan of Little, Brown. The master of ceremonies was humorist Dave Barry, and awards were presented by Susan Isaacs, chair of the Poets & Writers Board of Directors. Galen Williams, founder of Poets & Writers, was also recognized on the occasion of the organization's fortieth anniversary. Following dinner, the celebration continued at an after party hosted by Nick Flynn, Rivka Galchen, and Sapphire. This year's dinner chair was John Makinson of Penguin Group, a provider of underwriting for the event along with Arvato Print USA, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Hachette Book Group, and Theodore C. Rogers. Proceeds of funds raised by the benefit support P&W's programs such as Readings/Workshops and its Web site,