When:   Monday, November 14, 2011
Time:   6:30 — Literary Performances
Where:   The Paramount Theatre
559 Washington St. Boston MA 02111

$50 for general admission
$10 student rate (must present student ID)

Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount Theatre Box Office, located in the lobby of the Paramount Theatre.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For general questions about reserving a seat, contact us at pshares@emerson.edu or call 617-824-3757.

Denis LearyPloughshares, one of America’s leading literary magazines and a beloved Boston treasure, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To commemorate this inspiring achievement, Ploughshares is throwing a star-studded gala hosted by Denis Leary (star and co-creator of Rescue Me, acclaimed comedian, and Emerson College alumnus), featuring a rare showcase of the magazine’s greatest hits — and some surprise gems — from the Ploughshares archives.

For the 40th anniversary celebration, nationally renowned authors, actors, sports legends, and television personalities will read their favorite selections from the Ploughshares vault. Some of the notable readers include: Alice Hoffman (author of Practical Magic, Oprah Book Selection Here on Earth); Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island); Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm and award-winning director of Restrepo); Cam Neely (Hockey Hall of Famer and current president of the Boston Bruins); Andre Dubus III (author of National Book Award finalist, House of Sand and Fog and Townie, a Salon.com “Mandatory Read”); Sue Miller (bestselling author of The Good Mother, Inventing the Abbotts, and Oprah Book Club selection While I was Gone); Karen Allen (star of two Indiana Jones films and noted Broadway actress); and Ming Tsai (James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef, Emmy Award-winning host of East Meets West, and restaurateur). In addition, Emerson College President Dr. M. Lee Pelton will also read his selection from the “best of” Ploughshares.

Emerson College, home to Ploughshares, is presenting the anniversary celebration at the college’s newly renovated Paramount Theater, which has been dramatically restored to its historic luster.

The Ploughshares 40th anniversary celebration will culminate in the inaugural presentation of Ploughshares’ Lifetime Achievement Award and Literary Distinction Award. The Literary Distinction Award will be given posthumously to Robert Parker, the dean of American crime fiction — best remembered for his gritty Spenser series — who revitalized and reinvented the genre. His wife, Joan Parker, will read work from the vaults and receive the Literary Distinction Award on Robert’s behalf.

The gala will be a unique chance for supporters of the arts to mingle with Boston luminaries and share a special evening with today’s top literary talent.

Since 1971, when the magazine was dreamed up by two young writers in a Cambridge pub, the Plough and Stars, Ploughshares has become the preeminent source for significant contemporary American prose and poetry. Ploughshares consistently serves as the launching pad for the nation’s most respected and enduring voices: writers such as Thomas Lux, Edward P. Jones, Mona Simpson, Tim O'Brien, Robert Pinsky, and Jayne Anne Phillips had their first or early work published in Ploughshares. Guest editors of the magazine have been the recipients of Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, National Book Awards, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, and numerous other honors.