BLR@20 Gala

BLR has turned 20!

Watch our 20th Anniversary Celebration here.


  • Jill LePore, New Yorker writer, author of “These Truths”

  • Abraham Verghese, MD, author of “Cutting for Stone”

  • Leslie Jamison, essayist, BLR Prize Winner, and author of “The Empathy Exams”

  • Michele Harper, MD, author of “The Beauty in Breaking”

  • Edward Hirsch, poet, President of the Guggenheim Foundation

  • plus readings by Shanda McManus and Saleem Hue Penny

  • and dance performance by Samantha Figgins from Alvin Ailey

Honoring Lisa Sanders, MD, author of “Every Patient Tells a Story,” creator of NY Times “Diagnosis” column, and consultant for “House, M.D.”

Watch BLR@20 Gala

View the BLR Gala Program Booklet