Rye Free Reading Room Mayor's Award

The Rye Free Reading Room Mayor's Award celebrates the literary legacy of Rye, and recognizes a local individual for significant contributions to advancing the Literary Arts. “Rye has been blessed to have been called home by an incredible number of extraordinarily talented people” said trustee Jan Kelsey, chair of the inaugural committee. “It is fitting that we honor their contribution and remember our Rye heritage. It has been a fascinating project to gather the names together for such well-deserved local recognition.”

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2020 Honoree
Nan A. Talese
Publisher and Editorial Director of Nan A. Talese, an imprint of Knopf/Doubleday.Nan was born in Rye, and has worked as an editor at Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Houghton Mifflin. She has been the Publisher and Editorial Director of Nan A. Talese, an imprint of Knopf/Doubleday. Authors of her imprint include Margaret Atwood, Mary Morris, Ian McEwan, and many more.
Posthumous Honorees
Charles Washington Baird
(1828-1887)
Author: Chronicles of a Border Town: The History of Rye, N.Y., 1660-1870; A History of the Huguenot Emigration to America
Ethel Barrymore
(1879-1959)
Actress & author: Memories: An Autobiography
Doris Bird
(1909-1974)
Librarian: Children’s librarian at Rye Free Reading Room for over 40 years
Junius Bird
(1907-1982)
Archaeologist & author: Travels and
Archaeology in South Chile.
Curator of South American Archaeology at Museum of Natural History and President of Society of American Archaeology
Stephen Birmingham
(1929-2015)
Author: Our Crowd; Real Lace; The Grandees
Barbara Pierce Bush
(1925-2018)
Literacy advocate & author: Founder of Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Millie's Book; Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (that go a long way)
Albert Cullum
(1921-2003)
Educator & author: Push Back the Desks; The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died But Teacher You Went Right On; Blackboard, BlackBoard on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest One of All?; Greek and Roman Plays: For the Intermediate Grades
Marcia Dalphin
(1882-1966)
Librarian & author: Fifty Years of Rye, 1904-1954
Clarence Day
(1874-1935)
Author: Life with Father; Life with Mother
Amelia Earhart
(1897-1937)
Aviator & author: 20 hrs. 40 min.: Our Flight in the Friendship; The fun of it
Lauren Ford
(1891-1973)
Painter & author: 1940 Caldecott Medal Honor The Ageless Story
Arlene Hawkins
(1926-2001)
Author: Read About Rye: 1660-1960
Elizabeth Janeway
(1913-2005)
Author: Daisy Kenyon; Man’s World, Woman’s Place: A Study of Social Mythology
John P. Marquand
(1893-1960)
Author: 1938 Pulitzer Prize The Late George Apley; H.M. Pulham, Esquire; Point of No Return
Frederic Ogden Nash
(1902-1971)
Poet and lyricist: I’m a Stranger Here Myself; Good Intentions; You Can’t Get There from Here
Ruth Rowland Nichols
(1901-1960)
Aviator & author: Wings for Life
Eric Nisenson (1946-2003)
Author & jazz historian: Round about Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis; Ascension; John Coltrane and his Quest
Silas Sadler Packard (1826-1898)
Author: The Bryant and Stratton Book-keeping Series; Complete Course of Business Training; Commercial Arithmetic; New Manual of Book-keeping and Correspondence
Elsie Clews Parsons
(1875-1941)
Author & anthropologist: The Family; Religious Chastity; Pueblo Indian Religion. President of the American Folklore Society
George P. Putnam (1887-1950)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam and Sons
Michael Silberkleit (1932-2008)
Publisher: Archie Comics
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