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Library Lions 2015 Honorees


Alan Bennett is one of our leading dramatists. His television series “Talking Heads” is a modern classic, as are many of his stage works, including “Forty Years On”, “A Question of Attribution”, and “The Madness of George III” (Oscar-nominated for best screenplay). The acclaimed National Theatre production of “The History Boys” won Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle, South Bank, and Olivier Awards. On Broadway, the show received five New York Drama Desk Awards and six Tonys. Bennett's “Untold Stories” won the 2006 PEN/Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. “The Lady in the Van”, a feature film based on his play, will be released theatrically in November.




Judith Jamison is a celebrated dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  One of the most renowned figures in modern dance and a cultural icon, during her tenure of over two decades, Jamison led the Ailey Company to new heights and to groundbreaking performances in two Olympic Games, South Africa, Russia, and a 50-city global tour celebrating Ailey’s 50th anniversary.  Jamison is an Emmy-winning choreographer and her autobiography was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Named to TIME’s 2009 list of the world’s 100 most influential people, Ms. Jamison is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, the BET Honors, and the National Medal of Arts.

Maira Kalman is the author and/or illustrator of 25 books for adults and children. She is a contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times. Her work is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery. She lives in New York and is the owner of a pair of Toscanini’s pants.






Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. His debut novel Out of This World won the Norwegian Critics Prize in 2004 and his A Time for Everything was a finalist for the Nordic Council Prize. My Struggle: Book One was a New Yorker Book of the Year and Book Two was listed among the Wall Street Journal’s 2013 Books of the Year. In 2014, Book Three was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. My Struggle is a New York Times Best Seller and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. Knausgaard lives in Sweden with his wife and four children. 




Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. In 1968, she helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. Magazine, and remained one of its editors for fifteen years. She is the recipient of many accolades, including National Magazine awards, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and more. In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.