Saint Louis University Library Associates
Become a Member
Memberships begin at $100 and include:
- Exclusive invitation to the annual St. Louis Literary Award, which has honored distinguished writers such as W. H. Auden, Barbara Tuchman, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, and Joan Didion, among many others. See the full list here.
- Membership-only programs held in private homes and arts and culture settings in the community.
- Access to the unique resources of Saint Louis University Libraries, including use of comprehensive collections in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
- Borrowing privileges from Pius XII Memorial Library.
Membership Levels for the Library Associates
Please fill in the dollar amount of the level of membership you would like, based on the categories below. For questions or more information, please contact Donna Neely at (314) 977-3100.
CONTRIBUTING MEMBER - $100
- Pius XII Memorial Library borrowing privileges and access to unique library resources
- Invitations to membership-only literary programs
- Library Associates newsletter
SUPPORTING MEMBER - $150
- Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus preferred seating at St. Louis Literary Award event
LITERARY FRIEND - $250
- includes all of the benefits listed above, and program recognition
PATRON - $500
- includes benefits listed above, plus preferred seating at Award events, and a signed copy of the Awardee’s work
BENEFACTOR - $1000
- includes the benefits listed above, plus dinner with Awardee at a private home and two Award reception tickets
The St. Louis Literary Award
For the past fifty years, the Library Associates has conferred the St. Louis Literary Award on the most important writers of our time and celebrate the contributions of literature in enriching our lives.
Tennessee Williams - 1974 recipient of the St. Louis Literary Award
The list of awardees of this prize reflects numerous Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and National Book Award recipients.
The St. Louis Literary Award is now known as one of the top literary prizes in the country. View the full list of awardees.
Who We Are
In 1964, SLU President Father Paul Reinert convened a group of civic-minded St. Louisans of varied religions to establish an organization dedicated to the growth of the university libraries.
Among the riches of the libraries are The Vatican Film Library, described by one Oxford scholar as “the most important single addition ever made to the libraries of America,” and an invaluable rare books collection that is especially rich in Jesuit and Church history, theology, philosophy, rhetoric and education, and emblem books.
What We Do
The Mission of the Library associates is to enhance the Saint Louis University Libraries and the development of their world renowned collections and services. Annually, the Associates present a generous gift to the SLU Libraries.
In addition, the Associates contribute to the cultural life of the larger St. Louis community by presenting literary and cultural programs. Members enjoy the Evenings at Home series, which introduces local authors in the setting of private homes.
Most prominently, the Associates sponsor the ST. LOUIS LITERARY AWARD described above.
2019 St. Louis Literary Award Events
October 24 Literary Award - REGISTER HERE
Saint Louis University is proud to launch the Campus Read in conjunction with the St. Louis Literary Award, now in its 52nd year of honoring some of the world's most distinguished writers, including Margaret Atwood and Steven Sondheim among others.
Before this year, the University has sponsored the Common First Year Read for incoming students. The Campus Read, however, is open to all SLU students, faculty, and staff. This year's award recipient is Edwidge Danticat, the acclaimed Haitian-American writer and twice finalist of the National Book Award, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the MacArthur "Genius Grant." Ms. Danticat's latest work recently appeared in a write up in the New York Times.
The Campus Read is Breath, Eyes, Memory, the novel that launched Edwidge Danticat's career, loosely based on some of her own immigrant experiences. It is free and available to the entire SLU community at the front desk of Pius Library on North Campus and the Medical Center Library on South Campus. There will be four discussion opportunities, including one on South Campus and the other three on North Campus. Please see the details below as well as a message from the Drs. Pestello in support of this year's events.
CAMPUS READ DISCUSSIONS
- Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 p.m.
Second floor at Pius Library
SLU Law student Tcherlie MacEnat will lead a discussion on how Danticat often focuses on the plight of the Haitian immigrant, a particularly timely topic regarding US immigration policies. Currently, the media has been focusing on the US policy towards Haitians. This will also be a highly interactive discussion.
- Monday, October 7, 4:30 p.m.
During the campus read talk, Dr. Joya Uraizee and SLU English graduate student, Kathryn Polizzi, will offer a presentation about Danticat's novel Breath, Eyes, Memory with special attention to the themes of Postcolonial identity, trauma, and critical responses to the novel. The speakers will also invite discussion from the audience about their experiences reading the book.
- Monday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
LRC Pitlyk Auditorium B
English Professor Anne Stiles: English professor Anne Stiles, Director of the undergraduate program in Medical Humanities, will lead an interactive discussion with readers on themes of medicine and health care in Breath, Eyes, Memory.
- Wednesday, October 23, 4:30 p.m.
Washington University Dance Professor, Joanna Dee Das, will discuss how the renowned twentieth-century choreographer Katherine Dunham forged connections between Haiti and the United States through dance. Dunham dance choreographer, Ruby Streate, will discuss an oral introduction about the legacy of Miss Katherine Dunham and a physical experience in the Dunham Technique accompanied by a live percussionist and dancers.
- October 25, Noon in Cook Hall, A-B Auditorium
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