BOOKED for the Evening

BOOKED for the evening 2016 Honored
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Ron Chernow

A short video of this special evening with Ron Chernow.



Slideshow by photos by Pamela Einarsen Photography.

Short interview with Ron Chernow before the event.


It was an amazing evening! Thank you for your support! For information, contact contact Cindy Clark at 203.291.4824.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Chernow is one of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business and finance in America today. His bestselling biography Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for the current Broadway smash hit musical Hamilton, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Ron Chernow was the honoree for the Westport Library’s signature annual benefit BOOKED for the evening on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Ron ChernowAn honors graduate of Yale College and Cambridge University, Chernow won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his biography of George Washington, Washington: A Life. The book was named one of the year’s ten best by The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times included it among its notable books of 2010. In March 2011, the New York Historical Society awarded the book the coveted American History Book Prize.

Chernow’s first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award as the best nonfiction book of 1990 and is considered a modern classic. His second book, The Warburgs, won the prestigious George S. Eccles Prize for the best business book of 1993 and was cited by the American Library Association as one of the year’s ten best works. Chernow’s 1998 biography of John D. Rockefeller, entitled Titan, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for sixteen weeks. 

Chernow’s much anticipated biography of Alexander Hamilton was published in 2004 to extraordinary acclaim. The New York Times praised it as “moving and masterly…by far the best biography ever written about the man.” Excerpted by Business Week and chosen as the main selection of both The Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club, the book was the first recipient of the George Washington Book Prize for the year’s best book about the founding era.

A frequent contributor to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Chernow is a familiar figure on national radio and television shows and has appeared in numerous documentaries. He has received honorary doctorates from Marymount Manhattan College, Hamilton College, Long Island University, Washington College, Skidmore College and Muhlenberg College. 

Ron Chernow photo credit Nina Subin.

BOOKED for the evening is the Library's signature fundraising event. On this occasion, the Library honors an individual whose work reflects the purpose of the Library—to nurture the love of learning and to enhance our understanding of the world. Previous award winners are Tom Brokaw, E.L. Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Wendy Wasserstein, Pete Hamill, Martin Scorsese, Arthur Mitchell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, Oscar Hijuelos, Adam Gopnik, Will Shortz, Patti Smith, Barry Levinson, Jon Meacham, Nile Rodgers, Lynsey Addario and Ron Chernow.