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Gala Dinner 2016


The 2016 Annual Gala: John Irving


The 2016 Annual Gala Dinner took place on Tuesday 17 May at the Automobile Club de France with guest of honor John Irving, one of America’s best-loved and best-selling novelists. 

John Irving, who was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, is the author of fifteen novels, including The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, and In One Person. His latest novel, Avenue of Mysteries, was published in the U.S. last fall and will appear in French translation in May from Editions du Seuil.

Five of Irving’s novels have been turned into feature films, and Irving’s own screen adaptation of The Cider House Rules won him an Academy Award. His work has been published in more than thirty languages, and he is especially popular among French readers. 

The gala dinner is the Library’s principal fundraising event of the year, drawing more than 200 members and supporters to an evening celebration of writers and libraries. The setting for the dinner in recent years has been the Automobile Club’s vast high-ceilinged library in an 18th-century building on place de la Concorde.

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