Friends of the Dallas Public Library Gala
Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose latest book explains Texas to the world, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Dallas Public Library annual gala.
Wright, who grew up in Dallas, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower, the definitive story of the rise of al-Qaeda. His 10 books and four plays have explored religion, Scientology, Middle East peacemaking, twins and Nicaraguan dictator Antonio Noriega. His latest work is God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State.
The annual banquet benefits FODPL, the nonprofit organization that raises financial support and advocates for the city’s 29 libraries and their educational programs.
The gala will also honor Charlene Howell, a longtime champion of libraries and literacy in Dallas, with the May Dickson Exall Award. Its namesake campaigned for the establishment of the Dallas Public Library in 1899, was its first president, and hosted art exhibitions in the library that led to the founding of the Dallas Museum of Art.