Culinary entrepreneur Ina Garten, author Khaled Hosseini, choreographer Bill T. Jones, biographer and historian David Nasaw, and film director Steven Spielberg to be honored

The New York Public Library’s annual Library Lions Gala, recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievements in the fields of art, culture, scholarship, and letters, will be held at the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Monday, November 6.

This year’s class of “Library Lions” includes:

  • beloved culinary entrepreneur and writer Ina Garten
  • renowned author and humanitarian Khaled Hosseini,
  • acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones,
  • esteemed biographer and historian David Nasaw, and 
  • the inimitable film director Steven Spielberg. 

The black tie event will begin with cocktails at 7 PM in Astor Hall, followed by dinner and a formal program at 8 PM in the Rose Main Reading Room.

The Host-Chairs of the event are:

  • Howard and Eleanor Morgan
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Schwarzman
  • Merryl and James Tisch

The Co-Chairs of the event are:

  • Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos
  • Annette de la Renta
  • Andreas C. Dracopoulos and Anna K. Bousdoukou
  • H.R.H Princess Firyal of Jordan
  • Abby and Howard Milstein
  • Katharine J. Rayner
  • Deborah and Chuck Royce
  • Mr. and Mrs. Andrés Santo Domingo
  • Nanar and Tony Yoseloff

For over 40 years, the Library has honored those who have made significant contributions to New York City and to the creative community at large during its annual gala, with previous honorees including Laurie Anderson, Margaret Atwood, President Nelson Mandela, Steve Martin, Martin Scorsese, Zadie Smith, Gloria Steinem, Darren Walker, Oprah Winfrey, and many more..

The Library Lions gala will be followed by the Young Lions Benefit Party, an evening of cocktails and dancing.  The party is hosted by the Young Lions, a membership group of Library lovers in their 20s and 30s who support the work of the Library.

Proceeds from the Library Lions Gala and Young Lions Benefit Party go towards funding the Library’s essential free public services—including programs, classes, materials, computers and more—at over 90 locations across the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. For more information, please visit or call 212.621.0530. 

About The New York Public Library

For over 125 years, The New York Public Library has been a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With over 90 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at 

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