The Friends of the SMU Libraries will present its first annual Literati Award to “Hook” screenwriter and SMU alumnus James V. Hart (right) at the 2010 Tables of Content fundraiser. The event begins at 6 p.m. April 24 in the Collins Executive Education Center.
A reception will honor the “Top 10 Haute Young Authors,” including songwriter Erin Duvall, children’s author Callan Harrison, Christmas at the White House author Jennifer Pickens, New York writer and actor Jason Fuchs and fiction writer Melanie Wells. The authors will sign books and talk with guests about their experiences as writers.
During the dinner, 25 table hosts will lead discussions about topics ranging from art to literature to engineering with guests at their table. The hosts include:
- Geoffrey Orsak, dean of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering
- Tierney Kaufman of The Trinity Trust, Reclaiming Our River
- Kimberly Grigsby, Broadway musical director and SMU alumna
- Jodie Steck, archivist at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and former White House photo editor
- Jeff Whittington, producer of KERA’s “Think“
A live auction featuring a New York trip complete with private backstage theater passes, a George Tobolowsky sculpture, and an exclusive package from Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center will round out the evening.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon. To celebrate this milestone, the event will include a special tribute to the founding members and their families. Co-chairs of this year’s event are SMU alumnae Janis Cravens and Juli Harrison.
Tickets to the event are $150. Underwriting packages with special benefits and seating for the event are available from $300 to $5,000. For more information, call 214-768-3225.