9th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award

February 16, 2024 6:00 pm

9th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award

Join us on February 16th at Perch LA, located in the historic Pershing Square Building in downtown Los Angeles, for an intimate evening of drinks, dinner, and conversation as we celebrate 9th Annual LARB/UCR Dept. of Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dave EggersRigoberto González, and Quincy Troupe. This award honors  contemporary writers for their fearless, highly original verse, lifelong public service, and commitment to rearing the next generation of young writers.

VIP Cocktail Hour begins at 6 p.m. General admission opens at 7 p.m. for dinner and the evening’s program. Books will be available from Chevalier’s Books for signing by our honorees at the end of the evening.

All tickets include dinner, drinks, presentation, and book signing, and proceeds directly support the Los Angeles Review of Books, a 501(c)(3) literary and cultural arts nonprofit. This event will take place at Perch LA’s private Bar 13 in the Pershing Square Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Valet available.

This evening is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Barbara and David Voron and Jamie Wolf.

Please contact LARB’s program’s manager, Emily VanKoughnett, with any questions about the evening at [email protected].

About our award winners:

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, among them The Eyes and the ImpossibleThe CircleThe Monk of MokhaHeroes of the FrontierA Hologram for the King, and What Is the What. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company, and co-founder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing center that has inspired over 70 similar organizations worldwide. Eggers is the winner of the American Book Award, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the TED Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Rigoberto González is the author of 18 books of poetry and prose. He has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations, the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and United States Artists. Other honors include the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy American Poets, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. A contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, he is a distinguished professor of English and director of the MFA creative writing program at Rutgers University–Newark.

Quincy Troupe is a poet and author of 21 books, including 12 volumes of poetry and three children’s books, including Miles & Me, Duende, and his forthcoming autobiography The Accordion Years.  Co-author of the definitive autobiography of Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography, Troupe also conducted the last interview with James Baldwin, reprinted as James Baldwin: The Last Interview (Melville House, 2014). His writings have been translated into over 30 languages. Among his many distinguished achievements are the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, the Milt Kessler Poetry Award, three American Book Awards, the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Furious Flower, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Award, January 25, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan.