On The Avenue

Literary Lions Are The Cat’s Meow

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Angela Pham/BFA
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Last night, the New York Public Library held its annual Literary Lions gala dinner in the Rose Reading Room of the library’s main building, now named for private equity titan Stephen A. Schwarzman.

It’s a night at which celebrated writers (and other cultural eminences) are celebrated by celebrated social figures, some of whom even, yes, let it be said, read books now and then.

This year, the library roared for authors Michael Chabon and Colson Whitehead, broadcaster and moonlighting bestseller Tom Brokaw, librarian Carla Hayden, and theater director Robert Wilson. The gala co-chairs were Adam and Dr. Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, Jordan’s Princess Firyal, Donald and Catie Marron, Sana Sabbagh, Stephen and Christine Schwarzman, James and Meryl Tisch and Sue Ann Weinberg, widow of a former head of Goldman Sachs.

Guests ranged from previous Lions like Tom Wolfe, Salman Rushdie and Calvin “Bud” Trillin to noted bibliophiles to members of AVENUE’s Power Elite old, young and somewhere in between, like fur-trimmed Annette de la Renta and Beatrice Santo Domingo, begowned and baby-bumped Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild, and library stalwart Gayfryd Steinberg, who not only reads, but is also married to a writer.

AVENUE offers its congrats to the big cats.


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