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Pulitzer Prize-Winning 'Hamilton' Author Headlines Westport Library Gala

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow is the special guest for the Westport Library's gala in May.
Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow is the special guest for the Westport Library's gala in May. Photo Credit: Nina Subin

WESTPORT, Conn. – Ron Chernow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestselling biography “Alexander Hamilton,” which was the inspiration for the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton,” is the honoree for the Westport Library’s signature annual benefit BOOKED on Thursday, May 26.

Chernow is one of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business and finance in America today. An honors graduate of Yale College and Cambridge University, Chernow won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for his biography of George Washington, “Washington: A Life.” The book was named one of the year’s 10 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.

His first book, “The House of Morgan,” won the National Book Award as the best nonfiction book of 1990, and 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 10 best works. Chernow’s 1998 biography of John D. Rockefeller, “Titan,” was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for 16 weeks.

Chernow’s much anticipated biography of Alexander Hamilton was published in 2004 to wide 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.

The gala will be held at 7 p.m. in the library’s Great Hall. Click here to purchase tickets to the event or to make a donation.

The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road, Westport.

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