"Tonight's awards give our city the opportunity to officially recognize some of the New Yorkers that have told our stories, chronicled our experiences, shared our love for our home, and enriched the lives of millions of readers around the world."
– Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Click the following links to learn more about all of our awardees.
On April 26th, 2012, Mayor Bloomberg presented the inaugural NYC Literary Honors to six great living authors who have left their mark on New York City and the literary world. In addition, the Mayor named the first "class" of Literary Legends—a hall of fame of great authors from New York City's past, presented by award-winning actress Stockard Channing. To promote and celebrate the love of language in our schools, the Mayor also honored an outstanding writer from the NYC school system.
Held on the Gracie Mansion Grounds, the Literary Honors attracted celebrities, well-known authors, and key players in New York City's world-renowned publishing industry.
Read more about the Literary Honors in the official press release
Quotations about the NYC Literary Honors
"...Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will announce [a new set of prizes] on Thursday: the N.Y.C. Literary Honors, given to living writers whose work and lives have been informed by New York City, as a way of highlighting its place as home to the publishing industry and an inspiration to authors."
– The New York Times
"The Library is proud to support the inaugural class of Literary Legends, who have long contributed to the worlds of culture and scholarship, both in their writing and in their lives. We thank Mayor Bloomberg and the city for shining a spotlight on their remarkable contributions."
– Anthony W. Marx, President & CEO, New York Public Library
"New York City's incomparable literary community inspires people throughout the world. The Literary Honors are a wonderful way to pay tribute to those who enrich our culture and stir our imaginations."
– Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO, Brooklyn Public Library
"New York City's vibrant literary life has traditionally been one of the reasons people flock here to live and work. I offer tonight's honorees congratulations – and a free Queens Library card."
– Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO, Queens Library
"New York has been home to some of the most extraordinary writers on the planet, and we are home to a significant publishing industry. [These awards] can't help but be particularly meaningful to the writing and publishing community."
– Kate D. Levin, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs