The 29th Annual Scripter Awards Reward Writers for Bringing Books to Life

By Diroll, Patt | Pasadena Star-News, February 26, 2017 | Go to article overview

The 29th Annual Scripter Awards Reward Writers for Bringing Books to Life


Diroll, Patt, Pasadena Star-News


It's the time of year when there's always a surfeit of appealing rituals leading up to yesterday's Oscar extravaganza, including the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, People's and Critics' Choice awards, the Costume Designers Guild (CDG) awards, as well as the Writers, Directors, Producers, American Cinema Editors, Art Directors and Cinematographers Guild awards, along with many more.

Over the years, however, one event has become a favorite of mine - the USC Libraries' Scripter awards.

Held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at USC's Doheny Memorial Library, members of The Friends of the USC Libraries honored writers and writing, for the best adaptation of a book to the screen, at their 29th annual signature event, the Scripter Award Dinner.

USC Libraries' Dean Catherine Quinlan emceed the evening, and in her welcoming remarks described the origins of Scripter. USC Libraries' board members Glenn Sonnenberg and the late Marjorie Lord Volk established The Friends in 1963 to support the libraries' collections and programs, and Quinlan said, "to celebrate the art of transforming the written word into visual stories" and to honor "the work of artists who find inspiration in the stories that surround us in a great library like ours."

Since 1988, they have traditionally staged the black-tie event in their historic reading room, where the Trojan hordes have studied since it opened in 1932. For this special night, floral arrangements by Dellarobbia florists transformed the room into an exquisite banquet hall.

Quinlan honored USC Trustee and longtime USC Libraries' supporter Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan as the 2017 Ex Libris Award winner. In receiving the award, Kostlan said, "Above all, I wish to remember my wonderful parents, Dorothy and Tom Leavey. In addition to passing down their philanthropic spirit, they instilled, in my sister and myself, a passion for learning and a respect for the printed word. …

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