ALA Awards & Keynote Address Hosted by ALA President Julie Todaro

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow

Join ALA President Julie Todaro for the ALA Awards followed by her selected guest speaker, Ron Chernow ̶ always a highlight of the conference. One of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business, and finance in the U.S. today, 2015 National Humanities Medal recipient and bestselling author, Chernow has been praised by the National Endowment for the Humanities for “…bringing our Nation’s story to life. Through his examination of America’s successful giants and titans, Chernow invites his readers to discover their failures and foibles, uncovering enduring lessons that inform our modern era.”

His books have won many awards, including the 1990 best nonfiction National Book Award for his first book, The House of Morgan, now considered a modern classic, and the Pulitzer Prize for his 2010 biography of George Washington. His second book, The Warburgs, won the prestigious George S. Eccles Prize for best business book and was cited by the ALA as one of the year’s ten best works. In reviewing his collection of essays, The Death of the Banker, The New York Times called Chernow “as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we’ve seen in decades.”

Chernow’s much anticipated biography of Alexander Hamilton was described by The New York Times as “moving and masterly…by far the best biography ever written about the man”. The book inspired the Broadway musical “Hamilton” on which Chernow worked with the show’s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda as historical consultant. As a member of the show’s creative team, Chernow was a recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical ̶ his first theater award.

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 six honorary doctorates, and recently joined the board of trustees of Humanity in Action, a global human rights organization.

His newest biography, Grant, will be published in Fall 2017. Get details and add to your schedule.


Penguin Random House


This session is open to full conference or Sunday pass registrants of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.