The only thing more interesting than the announcement of the Westport Library’s “Booked for the Evening” guest is the evening itself.
Itzhak Perlman, Patti Smith, Nile Rodgers, Justin Paul and Frederic Chiu brought music. Will Shortz brought crossword puzzles. Lynsey Addario brought photographs.
Tom Brokaw, E.L. Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Wendy Wasserstein, Pete Hamill, Martin Scorsese, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, Oscar Hijuelos, Adam Gopnik, Jon Meacham, Ron Chernow, Alan Alda and others brought profound insights into their work, and the world.
On June 1, Shonda Rhimes brings her reputation as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. That’s what Time magazine called her last year. And in 2007.
The television producer, screenwriter and author is CEO of the global media company Shondaland. They tell innovative stories through brand partnerships, merchandise and content for film, streaming, audio, digital and editorial.
Rhimes — an inductee into the Tlevision Academy Hall of Fame — has helped shift the entertainment industry’s business model, and changed the face of television.
“From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to ‘Bridgerton’ to her latest television series ‘Inventing Anna,’ Shonda Rhimes is recognized as one of the most inspiring, creative forces in media today,” says Library executive director Bill Harmer.
“Ms. Rhimes epitomizes the intent behind the Booked honor: to recognize an individual whose work reflects the purpose of the Library, which is to nurture the love of learning and to enhance our understanding of the world.”
Information on tickets and sponsorships will be posted soon on the Library’s website.