Gala Dinner 2017

The 2017 Annual Gala: Stacy Schiff

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the Library thanks all who participated in the Annual Gala Dinner on Tuesday 23 May at the Automobile Club de France. The 220 people who attended were fortunate enough to hear a provocative and witty address by prizewinning biographer Stacy Schiff, as well as remarks by Luis Roth, chairman of the board of trustees, and Charles Trueheart, the Library director. Most importantly, by their presence, the guests contributed greatly to the financial health of the Library. 

Schiff's most recent book is the The Witches: Salem, 1692, about which historian David McCulloch says: "History in the hands of Stacy Schiff is invariably full of life, light, shadow, surprise, clarity of insight, and so it is again and then some in her latest work." Here is an interview with Schiff

Cleopatra: A Life was Schiff's previous book, about which biographer Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) said: "Even if forced to at gunpoint, Stacy Schiff would be incapable of writing a dull page or a lame sentence. Here she trains her satirical eye and sterling erudition on Cleopatra, rescuing her from the shopworn myths that have encrusted her story from Plutarch to Shakespeare to Joseph L. Mankiewicz." 

Stacy Schiff, dubbed by Vanity Fair as "the hottest biographer in the block," is also the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, a Pulitzer Prize finalist about the French aviator and writer; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français de l'Amérique. 

Born in 1961, Schiff is a graduate of Phillips Academy and Williams College. 

Please enjoy our photo gallery of the evening festivities through the lenses of photographer Krystal Kenney.

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Photo credit: Elena Siebert

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