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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 26, 2011 Page 9 by Jtilda M. Morrill Honored guest David McCullough, center, with "Literary Lights" award presenter Bill Martin, left, and award recipient Thomas Cook. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Committee members Sonja Yates, left, and Anita Lincoln enjoy the "Literary Lights" gala. (Photo by Roger Farrington) "Literary Lights" Honorees Ron Powers and Ann Hood. (Photo by Roger Farrington) The "23rd Annual Literary Lights Dinner" was presented by the Associates of the Bos- ton Public Library in the Grand Ballroom of the Bos- ton Park Plaza Hotel. This year's Literary Lights committee was chaired by Elizabeth Owens. The hon- orees were recognized for excellence in a wide variety of literary genres. Collec- tively, they have won dozens of major awards for their inspiring work. Honored were non-fiction writer Daniel Okrent; Pulit- zer-prize winner Ron Powers; playwright Lydia R. Dia- mond; Pulitzer-prize winner Paul Harding; novelist Ann Hood; crime writer Thomas Cook; poet and critic Stephen Burt; Chef and James Beard award winning-cookbook au- thor Barbara Lynch and jour- nalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert. The Literary Lights gala raises money for The David McCullough Conser- vation Fund, established in 2001, to provide a consistent source of funding for the res- toration and preservation of books, manuscripts, works of art and historic documents in the Library's Rare Books and Special Collections. The Fund is named after From the left: "Literary Lights" Committee member Karen Rotenberg, Michael Rotenberg and Brigitte and Gerard Mouffiet. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Real Estate Matt~o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 historian David McCullough, who during his tenure as a Boston Public Library Trustee (1995-2000), be- came convinced of the grow- ing need to conserve the Library's many irreplaceable treasures. McCullough made extensive use of the Library's Special Collections while writing his Pulitzer Prize- winning biography, "John Adams," published in 2001 and subsequently "1776," published in 2005. The John Adams Presiden- tial Library of more than 3,500 volumes is housed at the BPL (the only presiden- tial library in the nation to be at a public library). The Associates of the Boston Public Library is a non-profit community orga- nization dedicated to expand- ing the role of the Boston Public Library in the intel- lectual life of the city. Over the past 30 years, it has been the creator and under- writer of a wide array of programs, including art and architecture tours, read- ings, lectures, curatorial evenings, exhibitions and music events. The Associates also fund a residency for an emerging children's writer and con- ducts public discussions of current events featuring key decision makers. For information about upcoming Associates' events, visit or call 617-536-3886. ....... The Massachusetts Horticultural Society will honor superior achieve- ments in horticulture when it hosts its gala "2011 Hon- orary Medals Dinner" on Thursday, September 8 at its I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Elm Bank headquarters in Wellesley. Ten people will be recog- nized, led by Lynden B. Miller, who will receive the George Robert White Medal of Honor for her work as a designer of urban parks. Ms. Miller is a public gar- den designer in New York City and director of The Con- servatory Garden in Central Park, which she rescued and restored beginning in 1982. Her work includes gardens for the Central Park Zoo, Bryant Park, The New York Botanical Garden, Madison Square Park and Wagner Park in Battery Park City as well as many smaller projects in all five boroughs and beyond. Also being honored is Wesley R. Autio, professor of pomology in the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Autio grew up in a rural/ tourist part of western Maine and received his B.S. degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pomol- ogy from UMass. In 1985, he joined the fac- ulty at the University of Massachusetts. He cur- rently serves as the UMass Fruit Program Leader and Coordinator of the Stock- bridge School of Agriculture's Fruit & Vegetable Crops Pro- gram. He regularly interacts with tree-fruit farmers and the many individuals inter- ested in tree fruit in the landscape. He will receive the Jackson Dawson Award. The recipient of the Thomas Roland Medal will be Richard Jaynes. Mr. Jayges has always enjoyed growing plants. The acres of Christ- mas tree fields at his Broken Hill Nursery trace back to a couple hundred spruce seed- lings he planted as part of a 4-H project in 1947. A gradu- ate from Wesleyan Univer- sity (BA) and Yale (Ph.D.), he worked at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Sta- tion for 25 years as a plant breeder and horticulturist with specialties in chest- nut and mountain laurel. He has received numerous awards for his research and edited the reference book "Nut Tree Culture in North America" and authored "Kalmia: Mountain Laurel and Related Species." Gold Medals will be presented to Joyce Bakshi, MHS Festival of Trees Volun- teer; Theodore Landsmark of Boston Architectural Col- lege; "Organic Gardening" Magazine; Ellen Ecker Og- den, Writer and Speaker and Carrie Water-man, Out- standing Volunteer. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m., with dinner in the Hunnewell Building followed by the Awards Presentation and the Keynote Address by Lynden B. Miller. Proceeds from this event (Continued on Page 13) @ J USTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WW~.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTO GRAPHY.C OM