Last Thursday was a proud day for ABRAMS. Over 550 members of the publishing industry came together to toast Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of ABRAMS. The occasion was Goddard Riverside’s 26th Annual New York Book Fair Gala and Michael was this year’s honoree.
Goddard Riverside has been a signature charitable partner of the book business for nearly 30 years. (Learn more about the incredible programs and services they provide here). Michael is a dedicated supporter and the event not only honored his career-long commitment, but also raised over $600,000 for New Yorkers in need.
Steve Tager gives a rousing speech.
The program included speeches by Michael’s friends, family, and colleagues in the book biz, including Jack Jensen, J.P. Leventhal, and Michael’s wife, Sheridan Hay. We were treated to a series of impressive videos produced by Keith Browne, along with tributes from authors Alton Brown, Jeff Kinney, and Roddy Doyle. Our own Steve Tager told hilarious stories of how Michael Jacobs had saved his career, his love life and his actual life over the course of their friendship. There were lots of laughs, a few tears, and too many highlights to recap in just one blog post. The event that truly lived up to its title: “An Evening of Possibilities.”
As you can imagine, we took a lot of photos. These are just a few of our favorites; head over to the ABRAMS Flickr page to see the rest.
ABRAMS President & CEO Michael Jacobs addresses the crowd.
Thank you to everyone who made the event possible and a heartfelt congratulations to our fearless leader Michael Jacobs.
Here is a video from the event:ABRAMS employees read: Wislawa Szymborska’s poem Possibilities from Nothing Twice, 1997, Translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh.
Copyright © Wislawa Szymborska, S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh
Ellie Levine is a marketing and social media manager at ABRAMS. Follow her on Twitter, @e_jectamenta.